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In November of 2008, Proposal 1 –“Michigan Medical Marihuana Act” was approved by a 63% vote which allowed for the medical use of marijuana for patients suffering from qualified medical conditions. Patients and caregivers were allowed to grow marijuana as there was no state regulated dispensary system in place. On September 22, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed three (3) bills into law – HB 4209, HB 410 and HB 4827 which takes effect on December 20, 2016. Collectively, the new laws expanded the state’s current Medical Marijuana Program to allow for a state regulated dispensary system and increased the amount of medical marijuana possession for patients. The Michigan Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA) will continue to regulate the program. 

Laws Defined:

House Bill 4209/Public Act 281: Also known as the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act allows for the licensing and regulation of medical marihuana growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure transporters, and safety compliance facilities. It establishes a medical marijuana licensing board within LARA to provide for interaction with the statewide monitoring system for commercial marijuana transactions.

House Bill 4210/Public Act 282: Under the existing state law, the medical use of marihuana, it provides protection for the medical use of marihuana and a system of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and primary caregivers.

House Bill 4827/Public Act 283: Also known as the Marihuana Tracking Act, establishes a statewide seed-to-sale monitoring system to track marihuana and marihuana products in commercial trade.

Medical Marijuana Facilities 

Grower’s License

A grower license authorizes the licensee to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marijuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center. A grower is authorized to grow no more than the following number of marijuana plants under the indicated license class

  • Class A – 500 plants 
  • Class B – 1,000 plants 
  • Class C – 1,500 plants

Processor’s License

A licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marijuana from a grower and extracts resin from the marijuana or creates a marijuana infused product for sale and transfer in packaged form to a provisioning center.

Secure Transporter License

A licensee that is a commercial entity that stores marijuana and transports marijuana between marijuana facilities for a fee.

Provisioning Center’s License

A licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marijuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies, or provides marijuana to registered qualifying patients, directly or through registered primary caregivers.

Safety Compliance Facility’s License

A licensee that is a commercial entity that receives marijuana from a marijuana facility and tests it for contaminants and for tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids.

Program Timeline: 

September 22, 2016 – MMJ Laws Passed

December 20, 2016 – Laws take effect

December 2017 – State begins accepting applications for marijuana facilities

Medical Marijuana Industry Developments

Michigan Medical Marijuana Association

Founded in 2008, the MMMA is Michigan’s largest medical marijuana advocacy group, providing support and information to Michigan’s expanding medical marijuana community.

The MMMA is dedicated to being the acknowledged statewide leader in providing services, advocacy and information to medical marijuana patients, caregivers, health care providers and their community.

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