Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
November 1, 2017 – To help ensure the continued protection of medical marihuana patients, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced today its intention to issue emergency rules later this month which would allow proposed medical marihuana facilities – that would otherwise require a state operating license under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) – to continue to operate with local approval without impacting the applicant’s eligibility for licensure.
Since its inception in April, the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) has pro-actively engaged medical marihuana stakeholders and has listened intently to input from Michigan’s most vulnerable patients.
“After dozens of hours of public comments, discussions with more than one hundred workgroup members, and numerous letters and emails, it is clear that BMMR and the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board must enact measures that help protect medical marihuana patients and ensure they have continued access to their medicine,” said BMMR Director Andrew Brisbo.“Through emergency rules, the Bureau and Board will not consider a medical marihuana facility’s prior operation as an impediment to licensure as long as the applicant documents approval from their municipality in their application.”
To avoid facing an impediment to licensure, the applicant must have been operating a proposed medical marihuana facility within the boundaries of a municipality that adopted an authorizing ordinance prior to December 15, 2017, and must submit a complete prequalification application by February 15, 2018, with one of the following documents included in the application:
BMMR also announced the following clarification:
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding this measure.
For more information on BMMR, please visit: www.michigan.gov/bmmr