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Michigan Just Legalized Recreational Marijuana

by Kevin Hanlon November 08, 2018

On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, effectively legalizing marijuana for recreational use across the state. The new law makes Michigan the tenth state, alongside the District of Columbia, to legalize recreational marijuana. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in Michigan is now tasked with drafting the regulations necessary for the licensing of marijuana establishments. 

Here are some details about Michigan’s new law:

  • The act will take effect 10 days after the election results are certified, which can take up to 2 weeks from November 6.
  • Adults 21 and older may purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.
  • Adults will no longer be arrested for simple possession and use of marijuana, and the law will change several current legal violations from crimes to civil shutterstock_430867774 (1)infractions.
  • The law imposes a 2.5-ounce limit for personal possession, and a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and secured in locked containers.
  • The law allows municipalities to ban or restrict marijuana businesses.

With Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law, the doors will be open for new businesses to contribute to the Michigan economy. The licensing of recreational marijuana businesses will take place through a competitive application process at a date to be determined by the regulating department. In addition, tax proceeds from retail marijuana sales will go towards aiding schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located. The state is anticipated to accept applications for marijuana business licenses sometime around the middle of 2019, so now is the time to start preparing the necessary materials for your marijuana business application.

Michigan Marijuana Business License Types:

  • Marihuana Grower
    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 – up to 100 plants
    Class B – up to 500 plants
    Class C – up to 2,000 plants

  • Processor’s License
    A licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marihuana 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 person licensed to obtain marihuana from marihuana establishments in order to transport marihuana to marihuana establishments.

  • 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 Retailer
    A person licensed to obtain marihuana from marihuana establishments and to sell or otherwise transfer marihuana to marihuana establishments and to individuals who are 21 years of age or older.

  • Marihuana Microbusiness
    A person licensed to cultivate not more than 150 marihuana plants; process and package marihuana; and sell or otherwise transfer marihuana to individuals who are 21 years of age or older or to a marihuana safety compliance facility, but not to other marihuana establishments.

Program Timeline:

November 6, 2018 – Michigan passes law legalizing recreational marihuana

December 2018 – Recreational marihuana law to take effect 10 days after the election results are certified, which can take up to 2 weeks

Early 2019 – Anticipated release of Rules and Regulations for recreational marihuana

Mid 2019 – Anticipated time for application period to open

Late 2019– Anticipated time for Michigan to being awarding licenses

2020 – Recreational marihuana to be commercially available to adults 21 and over

Interested in Applying For A Michigan Recreational Marijuana Business License? 

MichiganThe Dispensary Permits team has you covered. Navigate the application process with ease and download our Michigan Marihuana State License Application Template Package to receive templates for most of the required plans in the Michigan state license application. 

  • The template package was created by industry experts and follows Michigan Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA) guidelines and applicable Rules and Regulations.
  • The package is over 100 pages in length and is derived from content that has won Marihuana Business Licenses across the United States of America.

Ensure you are compliant and purchase our Michigan Medical Marihuana Facility State License Application Package Template.

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