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LARA Releases Medical Marihuana Emergency Administrative Rules

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280

December 4, 2017 – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has issued emergency administrative rules for the purpose of implementing the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder and effective today, these rules shall remain in effect for six months.

The emergency administrative rules are needed to enable LARA, through its Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR), to fully implement the MMFLA. The rules ensure a fair and efficient regulatory structure for Michigan businesses as well as access to safety-tested medical marihuana for qualifying patients.

“The emergency administrative rules are designed to preserve patient protections and provide them with access to safe medical marihuana,” said BMMR Director Andrew Brisbo. “These rules also allow growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers, and safety compliance facilities to operate under clear requirements.”

The emergency administrative rules provide further details on LARA’s previously released advisory bulletins:

  • Co-Location of Medical Marihuana Facilities
  • License Stacking for Class C Growers
  • Required Marihuana Product Testing Points
  • License Application Process
  • Application Document Checklist
  • Municipal Authorization of Marihuana Facilities
  • Continued Operation with Local Authorization
  • Licensee Capitalization Requirements and Proof of Financial Responsibility
  • Registered Caregivers/Patients Transition to Facility Licensee/Employee
  • Local and State Fees

In addition, the emergency administrative rules give details to prospective licensees on the following subjects:

  • Requirements of the marihuana facility plan
  • Pre-licensure investigation and inspection of the proposed facilities
  • The grounds on which a license may be denied
  • Renewals of licenses, changes to facilities
  • Notifications, reporting, inspections, penalties, sanctions, fines
  • Transition period and licensee requirements to get marihuana product into the statewide monitoring system
  • Requirements and obligations of licensed marihuana facilities
  • Applicable state laws/rules, fire safety, security measures, prohibitions
  • Requirements, restrictions, and maximum THC-levels for marihuana-infused products
  • Storage, labeling requirements, product destruction, and waste management
  • Statewide marihuana tracking system
  • Daily purchasing limits and marketing/advertising restrictions
  • Employee background check requirements
  • The hearing and review process recommended by the Michigan Administrative Hearing System

BMMR is currently in consultation with the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board for the promulgation of permanent rules.

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