SUMMARY OF MARIJUANA LAWS
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters passed Proposal 1, which makes it the first state in the Midwest to authorize a recreational marijuana market.
In 2016, Michigan passed a collection of invoices (HB4209, HB4210, and HB4827, together the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act or MMFLA) implementing a medical marijuana licensing process and authorizing a commercial, regulated system. This provided an additional source of medicine for medical marijuana patients who formerly needed to cultivate their own, under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (Proposal I) of 2008.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Medical Marihuana Legislation (BMMR)started accepting medical marijuana license applications on December 15, 2017. There is not any deadline to fill out the medical marijuana license application. Proposal 1 assigns responsibility for regulating and licensing recreational medical marijuana businesses to LARA too.
With over 240,000 patients authorized to use medical marijuana in the state as of 2016, Michigan’s patient population is second only to California. ArcView jobs that Michigan will have $556 million in sales by 2020, becoming the third-largest grossing cannabis business in the country, only behind California and Colorado. With the legalization of all adult-use bud in November 2018, these values will only increase.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LICENSE TYPES
Proposal 1 mandates that Michigan’s LARA
- Marijuana retailer
- Marijuana safety compliance
- Pot secure transporter
- Marijuana chip
- Marijuana microbusiness
- Class A marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of more than 100
- bud plants
- Class B marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 500
- bud crops
- Class C marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 2,000
- marijuana plants
MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSE TYPES
As of June 13, 2018, Michigan had processed 546 pre-qualification applications and over 150 facility license applications. Available license opportunities include:
- marijuana cultivation (tiered structure of grower licenses)
- marijuana concentrates production (processor license)
- marijuana transportation (secure transporter license)
- medical marijuana retail (provisioning center license – note: it is illegal to refer to these as dispensaries)
- marijuana laboratory testing (safety compliance facility license).