Medical Marihuana Regulation Centralized in New Bureau
LARA’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation a model for state oversight
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April 13, 2017 – Michigan has centralized all aspects of medical marihuana regulation with the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The new bureau combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly established statutory requirements for medical marihuana facility licensing.
“BMMR’s organizational structure puts Michigan at the forefront of state medical marihuana regulation,” said LARA Director Shelly Edgerton. “Many other states have various licenses and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies. The bureau’s centralized services will enhance patient protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers.”
BMMR is in the process of implementing the regulatory framework created by legislation signed by Gov. Snyder in September 2016. Regulatory functions include the licensing, investigation and enforcement of medical marihuana growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities. The legislation requires the bureau to make licensing applications available by December 15, 2017. For more information on medical marihuana facility licensing visit here.
As part of the implementation of the statutory requirements, BMMR has selected the technology company Franwell, Inc. to administer the state’s monitoring and tracking system. The system will provide the bureau with detailed inventory information, track medical marihuana in all its forms from “seed to sale” and help ensure the legal manufacturing, transportation and financial transaction of medical marihuana in Michigan.
BMMR will also house the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP), the state patient and caregiver registry that currently contains more than 240,000 active patients and 40,000 active caregivers. The program administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by voters in 2008. For more information on the MMMP, visit here.
More information on the BMMR can be found at the bureau’s website: www.michigan.gov/bmmr.