In September of 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed and governor signed into law three bills that will create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical marijuana. The State of Michigan will implement this marijuana regulatory framework by December 15, 2017. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, as of 2/24/2017, Michigan has 218,556 registered patients and is 2nd highest in the country for states with medical marijuana programs.
Starting on December 15, 2017 (June 30, 2018 for non-residents) the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board will begin administering the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. This group will review applications, issue licenses, and maintain the infrastructure and regulatory body to revoke, suspend, and renew licenses. There will be 5 types of marijuana licenses offered in Michigan. These include the following:
- A Class A, B, or C grower license: A Class A license allows for 500 plants, Class B allows for 1000 plants, and Class C allows for 1500 plants. A grower will be permitted to cultivate, dry, or cure marijuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center.
- Processor: A license to process Marijuana in Michigan will grant a person the right to extract resin to create marijuana infused products that can be transferred to a provisioning center.
- Provisioning Center: The Provisioning Center license will allow businesses to operate a dispensary in Michigan. It allows for purchases of marijuana from a grower or processor to sell marijuana products and supplies to qualifying patients.
- Secure Transporter: A secure transporter license allows for a business to transport marijuana and marijuana products between grower, processors, testers, and dispensaries.
- Safety Compliance Facility: A safety compliance facility license will allow businesses to performs test to certify that marijuana is reasonably free from residues such as fungicides or insecticides.