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How To Open A Dispensary In Michigan

by Maxime Kot October 05, 2017

Update: The state of Michigan is still accepting applications for medical marijuana businesses. 

Michigan Marihuana Program Overview:

In November of 2008, Proposal 1 – “Michigan Medical Marihuana Act” was approved by a 63% vote which allowed for 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 took effect in December 20, 2016. Collectively, the new laws expanded the state’s current Medical Marihuana 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.

More information on our Michigan State Page


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 marihuana licensing board within LARA to provide for interaction with the statewide monitoring system for commercial marihuana 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 Marihuana Facilities Overview: 

  • Grower’s License: A grower license authorizes the licensee to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marihuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center. A grower is authorized to grow no more than the following number of marihuana 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 marihuana or creates marihuana 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 marihuana and transports marihuana between marihuana facilities for a fee.
  • Provisioning Center’s License: A licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marihuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies, or provides marihuana to registered qualifying patients, directly or through registered primary caregivers.
  • Safety Compliance Facility’s License: A licensee that is a commercial entity that receives marihuana from a marihuana facility and tests it for contaminants and for tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids.


Marihuana Facility License Application:

Application to obtain a permit will include the submission of items such as:

Learn how to apply with our Michigan Medical Marihuana State Application Guide, a detailed summary and checklist of all tasks you will need to complete before submitting your application for a grower/manufacturer or provisioning center license.

Download Application Guide


Program Timeline: 

September 22,2016 – MMJ Laws Passed

December 20, 2016 – Laws took effect

December of 2017 – State begins accepting applications for marihuana facilities

Qualifying Medical Conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nail patella
  • Nausea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms