Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Effective April 13, 2022, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency has a new name—the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. On February 11, 2022, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2022-1, which made a number of significant changes to various Michigan administrative agencies.  

Notably, the Executive Order re-named the Marijuana Regulatory Agency to the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (“CRA”) and transferred the regulation and oversight of industrial hemp processing from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (“MDARD”) to CRA. Regulatory oversight and licensure of industrial hemp cultivation will remain with MDARD. 
Continue Reading Agency Name Change: Meet the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency

On March 24, 2022, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced record-breaking sales numbers in Michigan’s adult-use industry for the previous year. In just the second full year of licensed adult-use marijuana operations, the MRA reported that sales of adult-use marijuana exceeded $1.1 billion for fiscal year 2021.

Local governments are set to receive tens of millions of dollars thanks to the revenue-sharing provisions in the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (“MRTMA”). The MRTMA establishes a 10% excise tax on the retail sale of adult-use marijuana. Excise tax revenues are dedicated to Michigan schools and roads, and a significant portion is distributed to local municipalities and counties that have adult-use marijuana retailers and microbusinesses in their jurisdictions.
Continue Reading Michigan Adult-Use Marijuana Sales Exceed $1B in 2021, Creating Millions of Dollars for Schools, Municipalities, and Roads

On November 17, 2021, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued a recall of cannabis products that were tested at Viridis Laboratories, LLC and Viridis North, LLC between August 10, 2021, and November 16, 2021. The full impact at this point is still unknown. On November 23, 2021, Viridis Laboratories, LLC and Viridis North, LLC commenced a lawsuit against the MRA and some of its officials to challenge the MRA’s recall. The suit alleges that the scope of the recall covers nearly 65,000 pounds of cannabis flower worth nearly $230M.

Continue Reading Retesting Requirements if Impacted by the Michigan Cannabis Recall

On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (“MRA”) held a public hearing to receive comments on a series of proposed changes to the administrative rules that govern medical and adult-use marijuana businesses. We previously covered an overview of the proposed changes in our five-part blog series in the days leading up to public hearing. The proposed rules concern significant changes to the following rule sets: licenseslicenseesoperations, testing, infused productssale or transfer, employeeshearings, disciplinary proceedings, and declaratory rulings.

Continue Reading Marijuana Regulatory Agency Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Administrative Rule Changes

On November 11, 2020, Attitude Wellness D/B/A Lume Cannabis Company (Lume), filed suit in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA), the Village of Edwardsburg, and two private parties, after the Village denied Lume’s application for village marijuana establishment licenses. Lume sought an injunction to prevent the MRA from issuing state licenses to the two businesses that won licenses from the Village.  Last week, the Court of Claims denied that request, finding Lume’s claims against MRA to be “speculative and inexact.”

Continue Reading Michigan Court of Claims Denies Request for Injunction Against State Over Local Licensing Decisions