How to Make Legal Pot Work in Michigan

Michigan’s policy leaders must lay the groundwork for a safe and legal market in which consumers can gain access to marijuana products that have been tested to ensure they contain no dangerous chemicals or impurities. Implementing a...Read more
Michigan’s policy leaders must lay the groundwork for a safe and legal market in which consumers can gain access to marijuana products that have been tested to ensure they contain no dangerous chemicals or impurities. Implementing a state-run regulatory structure and market for marijuana is a difficult and arduous task. There are dozens of important facets to consider, including what substances to test for, whether to allow for deliveries, how the program will overlap with the state’s still-developing medical marijuana program, collaborating with local governments, and more. The state now has one year to adopt regulations that will help it carry out the new law. A year might sound like a long time, but marijuana regulations in other states often stretch hundreds of pages and Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will likely need to host dozens of meetings to collect public feedback before proceeding. The initiative provides only cursory guidance on some key policy issues. Many elements of these regulations are highly technical and can range from the software integration requirements for businesses seeking licensees with the state to the specific forms of mold or bacteria for which marijuana must be tested. Read less
Lansing, MI (State)
June 24, 2019
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The experience in other states shows Michigan should not try to regulate every piece of minutiae in the still infant, rapidly developing cannabis industry. Instead, lawmakers should focus on creating a basic framework that supports a legal cannabis market that is safe, flexible and customer-friendly enough that licensed marijuana... Read more

The experience in other states shows Michigan should not try to regulate every piece of minutiae in the still infant, rapidly developing cannabis industry. Instead, lawmakers should focus on creating a basic framework that supports a legal cannabis market that is safe, flexible and customer-friendly enough that licensed marijuana businesses are able to compete with and replace black market sellers.

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Gretchen Whitmer

Governor of Michigan
June 24, 2019

To avoid licensing delays and to better coordinate varying sources of authority for the enforcement of state law, the administration of state laws relating to marijuana can more effectively and efficiently be administered by a dedicated state agency. Changing the organization of the executive branch of state government is necessary... Read more

June 24, 2019

To avoid licensing delays and to better coordinate varying sources of authority for the enforcement of state law, the administration of state laws relating to marijuana can more effectively and efficiently be administered by a dedicated state agency. Changing the organization of the executive branch of state government is necessary in the interests of efficient administration and effectiveness of government.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (the “Agency”) is created as a Type I agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (the “Department”). The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation is abolished.

Except as provided below, all of the authorities, powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of the Department, including its Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, under the following statutes are transferred to the Agency to be administered by the Agency: 

  • The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, 2008 IL 1, as amended, MCL 333.26421 to 333.26430. 

  • The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, as amended, MCL 333.27101 to 333.27801. 

  • The Marihuana Tracking Act, 2016 PA 282, as amended, MCL 333.27901 to 333.27904. 

  • The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, 2018 IL 1, MCL 333.27951 to 333.27967.

The authorities, powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities of the Department to promulgate rules to regulate the cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of industrial hemp, under section 8 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, 2018 IL 1, MCL 333.27958, are transferred by Type II transfer to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, except that the Agency may promulgate rules to establish standards, procedures, and requirements for the processing, testing, transportation, and sale of industrial hemp from marihuana establishments.

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Andrew Brisbo

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June 24, 2019

It is our intention to have an initial set of industry ‘emergency rules’ in place this summer and to be prepared to begin accepting business applications this fall.  Giving local municipalities, other state agencies, and potential business owners enough time to plan and prepare will allow for a successful rollout of the new adult-use marijuana law.

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Marijuana Regulation Centralized in New Agency

2019/04/30 - Michigan LARA

How to Make Legal Pot Work in Michigan

2018/11/26 - Reason Foundation

Gov. Whitmer Appoints Andrew Brisbo as Marijuana Regulatory Agency Executive Director

2019/03/01 - Michigan Governor

Marijuana Regulatory Agency Holds First Public Meeting

2019/06/17 - Michigan LARA