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State seeking suggestions on marijuana regulation

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Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs wants input on its rulemaking process for marijuana. The agency is setting up work groups to give suggestions on topics like licensing and allowing new facilities in communities.

There will be groups for licensees, individuals, cities, and attorneys. Morgan Fox is with the National Cannabis Industry Association. He says the work groups can help Michigan avoid some pitfalls other states have encountered when starting up their recreational marijuana markets. "It's good to see that Michigan is actually pursuing stakeholders for involvement in this process," says Fox. 

The deadline to volunteer to participate in a work group is Monday, March, 4, 2019. The agency says members of the public will be able to participate in rulemaking even if they're not selected for a work group.

Catherine Shaffer joined Michigan Radio in 2014. She works in the newsroom and specializes in stories related to the life sciences, health, and technology. Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s from University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan Radio, Catherine has worked as a freelance writer, mainly in focusing on biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, since 2001. She is also an award-winning fiction writer. When not at work, Catherine enjoys being in the outdoors and practicing yoga.
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