Marijuana Licensing

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MI Cannabis Regulatory Agency withdraws request for hemp-conversion rulemaking

April 15, 2022 – Lansing, Michigan:

Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency (formerly Marijuana Regulatory Agency) announced its intent to withdraw proposed rulemaking request to allow licensed conversions of hemp-based CBD to D9 THC due to negative feedback:

After receiving a significant amount of public comment regarding safety concerns and the lack of scientific and public health data related to the conversion process outlined in the proposed Industrial Hemp Rules for Marihuana Businesses (2021-92 LR), the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) has withdrawn this request for rulemaking. The CRA will submit a new request for rulemaking for the Industrial Hemp Rules for Marihuana Businesses rule set to propose the limit(s) on total THC for industrial hemp products as required by recent legislative updates to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).

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2021 Tax revenue sharing for Adult Use Retail and Microbusiness communities

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury today announced that more than $42.2 million will be distributed among 163 municipalities and counties as a part of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.

Next week, 62 cities, 15 villages, 33 townships and 53 counties will be receiving payments from the Marihuana Regulation Fund. For the state of Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year, this means each eligible municipality and county will receive more than $56,400 for every licensed retail store and microbusiness located within its jurisdiction.

“The Michigan Department of Treasury will distribute these dollars as soon as practical to eligible local units of government,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “The doubling of this year’s payment amounts will have a larger impact on local government budgets.”

Revenue was collected from 374 licensees among the state’s cities, villages and townships during the 2021 fiscal year. Some of these municipalities host more than one licensed retail store and microbusiness.

For the 2021 fiscal year, more than $111 million was collected from the 10% adult-use marijuana excise tax. In total, there was $172 million available for distribution from the fund.

State law outlines how much is distributed from the Marihuana Regulation Fund.

Aside from the more than $42.2 million in disbursements to municipalities and counties, $49.3 million was sent to the School Aid Fund for K-12 education and another $49.3 million to the Michigan Transportation Fund.

In total, more than $1.1 billion in adult-use marijuana sales was reported for fiscal year 2021.

“It’s rewarding to see that the agency’s balanced regulatory approach is effectively protecting consumers while still allowing Michigan businesses to grow and thrive,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “The funding provided directly to local governments – and the thousands of jobs created across the state – show that Michigan is leading the way in the cannabis industry.”

Michigan Hemp supplier license [Watch this space]

Attention #Michigan Hemp growers and clone nurseries: A recent update from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (available here: https://www.michigan.gov/mra/ero-hemp-transition-faqs) indicates that MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) will soon be working to introduce a Hemp Supplier license.

If you are interested in clone shipping and hemp shipping in or from Michigan, get with Michigan Cannabis Lawyers for more details and advice on staying in full compliance with rapidly changing Michigan laws. Call us at (517) 512-8364.

 

MRA announces updated Rules and fee levels

Effective March 7, 2022, new MRA Rules, license type, and fee levels will be implemented. Please see below for details from Michigan’s MRA.

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March 4, 2022 – In an effort to continue stimulating business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has updated the administrative rule sets, effective Monday, March 7, 2022. As a result of the update, there will be numerous changes occurring on the website and to the forms, applications, and various publications. Highlights of the rules and process changes are noted below.

License applicants are advised that the applications, step-by-step instructions, and other educational resources that were previously available on the MRA website for adult-use establishments and medical marijuana facilities are being updated to comply with the updated rule sets. Additionally, the MRA advisory and technical bulletins are being updated, as applicable.

Applicants and licensees are encouraged to obtain applications and forms directly from the website to ensure they are using the most up-to-date materials. Previous versions of the medical and adult-use applications will not be accepted. To ensure applications are processed as quickly and efficiently as possible, applicants are encouraged to submit applications through the online application portal, Accela Citizen Access (ACA). ACA is also being updated to be consistent with the updated rule sets and mirror the changes made to the paper applications.

Highlights of the Rule Changes

New Fees

  • The adult-use and medical marijuana application fees were lowered from $6,000 to $3,000.
  • Adult-use establishment renewal tiers were removed; licensees who have already been invoiced a renewal fee are to pay the fee as invoiced.
  • Medical marijuana facility renewal tiers were removed; this change will take effect for fiscal year 2023 (please refer to the regulatory assessment bulletin that outlined the fees for fiscal year 2022 for medical marijuana facilities).
  • See the Licenses rule set for the full list of new, lower fees for adult-use establishment licenses. Please visit the MRA website and click on the Laws, Rules, & Other Resources link.

New Adult-Use Class A Marijuana Microbusiness License

  • Initial licensure fee is $18,600 and allows a licensee to grow up to 300 plants.
  • Class A marijuana microbusinesses may purchase marijuana concentrate and marijuana-infused products from a processor.
  • Marijuana liability insurance will be required upon licensure and at renewal.

New Adult-Use Educational Research License

  • Applications will only be accepted from organizations that have been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Licensees are required to have proof of DEA registration to operate.
  • License is valid for one year and does not carry an application fee, a licensure fee, or a renewal fee to operate.

Application Changes

  • The adult-use requirements for applicant disclosure have been updated to match medical requirements for applicant disclosure; those with less than 2.5% ownership interest are not required to be disclosed.
  • A definition of a trustee was added to the rules.
  • Added a rule that the MRA can administratively withdrawal applications that are over one year old and have had no determination made.
  • Renewal applications may be denied for failure to submit an annual financial statement as required.

Enforcement

  • Documents have been updated; those interested in licensure can find copies on the MRA website by clicking on the MRA Bulletins link and expanding the Technical Bulletins tab:
    • Prelicensure inspection checklist
    • 30-day inspection checklist
    • Semi-annual inspection checklist
    • SCF Inspection Report

Sampling & Testing

  • There have been significant updates to the requirements for sampling and testing of marijuana and marijuana product.
  • There have been modifications to allow more movement of product within the market prior to final, full, safety compliance testing being required.

Operations

  • Contactless and limited contact transactions – including curbside service and drive-thru operations – are allowed, with municipal approval.
  • Product that is required to be destroyed must be destroyed within 90 days.
  • There are updated requirements for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Declaratory Rulings

  • Set forth a complete rule set outlining the process and requirements for a Request for a Declaratory Ruling from the Agency.

Infused and Edible Products

  • Updated requirements for packaging and labeling of products.

Potential Service Interruption While Making System Changes

Due to the number of changes that need to be made across the MRA website and within ACA, the public may experience brief interruptions to service while the MRA makes these changes.

The MRA appreciates your understanding and patience while the necessary system changes are made.

For questions, please contact MRA-Adult-Use-Marijuana@Michigan.gov.

Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency Creates Rules for Marijuana-Infused Beverages

The MRA just announced a process for licensed processors to obtain approval for marijuana-infused beverages.  The Technical Bulletin dated January 4, 2021 requires any licensed processor who is interested in creating a marihuana-infused beverage to submit a request to the MRA.  The request includes a number of documents such as confirmation that the processing facility is currently in the process of receiving Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification and a complete Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. The marijuana-infused beverage must be self stable and will be required to maintain potency over a three month period.  There also must be a research and development plan submitted to prove the shelf stability of the marijuana-infused beverages.

It will be interesting to see how marijuana processors figure out the potency issue known as THC leeching.   THC has been difficult for many processors to properly dose beverages because of the solubility of THC and the ability to absorb into many material such as the lining in aluminum cans.  The products will also be tested for sedimentation to ensure homogeneity.   This is also difficult with THC as it will often separate over time from the beverage.  It is exciting to see that soon Michigan cannabis consumers can enjoy marijuana-infused beverages.   It will be interesting to see which current beverage producers will be moving forward in the new marijuana-infused beverage industry.  It is expected that their experience with beverage manufacturing and GMP plans will give make them valued partners.  If you have any questions about the marijuana-infused beverage approval process call the Michigan Cannabis Lawyers at 517-512-8364.

 

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Michigan Cities Opting into Marijuana

Michigan Cities Opting in

MMFLA Municipality Cites Opting in

 

MMFLA Michigan Cites Opting out of the MMFLA

 

Michigan voted for marijuana legalization in 2109 with a YES to Prop 1. This means that you can get your municipality to opt into the program and obtain a license to sell, process, and transport marijuana.

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Marijuana Licensing Can Bring Community Benefits

Marijuana Licensing Benefits

Are you considering opting into marijuana licensing in your city? Not only does marijuana licensing offer benefits to the business owners, but these benefits extend further into the community too, which is why all city councils should consider offering marijuana licensing.

This is because licensed marijuana businesses use their status to bring further benefits into society, helping to progress their communities. Below, we will reveal more about this, as well as giving you an example of how licensing in Michigan helped the local fire department.

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What You Need to Know About a Micro Grow License

What is a Micro Grow License?

If you are reading this you probably know Michigan is a legal marijuana state and you might be interested in how to get a micro grow license. You see, when marijuana licenses in Michigan became available, our Attorney Josh Covert coined the term “micro grow” for the Michigan Class A growing licenses.

Compared to the other growing licenses, this is the smallest of the classes of grows that allows up to 500 plants (medical) or 100 (recreational) to be produced at one time.

Not to be confused with a Michigan Microbusiness, a Michigan Micro Grower License can sell into the statewide METRC system. A microbusiness must be contained and only sell to end consumers at their establishment, while a Michigan Class A growing license can sell to other licensed facilities.

See Also: Free Michigan Marijuana Microbusiness License Information

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Get Reduced Michigan Marijuana Licensing Fees

Reduced Michigan Marijuana Licensing Fees

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency [MRA] has a special program for those who are looking to get into the legal Michigan marijuana industry.

The Social Equity program looks to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people impacted by prohibition.

Recently the MRA expanded this program from 41 communities to 184 as well as added fee reductions, application assistance, and more resources.

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How Do You Get a Medical Michigan Marijuana Processing License? 

Medical Michigan Marijuana Processing License

There are many things you must do in order to get a medical Michigan Marijuana processing license.

 

Talk to a Michigan Cannabis Lawyer today to find out what it all entails.

 

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