Can I apply for a state operating license if I have a medical marijuana card?

For Growers and Processors:

The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), MCL 333.27101 et seq., requires grower and processor facility licensees to have at least 2 years’ experience as a caregiver, or have an active employee with such experience. This requirement ends on December 31, 2021. However, a licensed grower or processor must not simultaneously be registered as a caregiver and must not employ a registered caregiver. Thus, the Agency requires the following:

  • Upon receiving a license, any employee or person with interest in the business who is also a caregiver must submit the form to cancel caregiver status within 5 business days.
  • If a new employee is a caregiver, that person has 5 business days from their date of hire to submit the form to cancel caregiver status.

The MMFLA does not prohibit grower and processor facility licensees from being registered as patients under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP), nor does it prohibit such facilities from employing registered patients.

 

Secure Transporters:

To be eligible for a secure transporter license, an applicant and its investors cannot be registered patients or caregivers. Thus, the Agency requires the following:

  • A registered caregiver or patient must withdraw from the MMMP registry prior to applying for a secure transporter license.
  • A registered caregiver or patient who has an interest in an applicant for a secure transporter license must withdraw from the MMMP registry before the applicant submits its application.

 

For Provisioning Centers and Safety Compliance Facilities:

The MMFLA does not prohibit provisioning center and safety compliance facility licensees from being registered as patients or caregivers under the MMMP, nor does it prohibit such facilities from employing patients or caregivers.

 

For additional information, please review the advisory bulletins:

Registered Caregivers and Patients: Transition to Facility License or Employee

Caregiver and Patient Status Requirements for Certain Licensed Medical Marijuana Facilities