medical marijuana regulations | Michigan Radio
WUOMFM

medical marijuana regulations

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

In a little more than two weeks, Michigan will formally join the list of states where an adult can legally buy marijuana for recreational purposes. 

But most Michigan cities and towns are saying “no” to the retail market.

Michigan voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana use by a wide margin 12 months ago.  

Marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

State lawmakers want to put in place a final deadline for medical marijuana facilities to get a license, or not be able to stay open.

A state House committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday. It gives a June 1st deadline for facilities – and if they stay open without a license, the facility can’t get a license for a year.

Medical marijuana sign
Neeta Lind / Flickr - http://j.mp/1spglc0

Marijuana advocates say legal businesses and caregivers are being targeted for military-style drug raids in spite of attempts to obey the law in good faith. 

For owners of mainstream businesses, a minor lapse in regulatory compliance could mean receiving a warning and reinspection later. But for medical marijuana businesses, minor lapses in compliance can put them outside the protection of the law. Even the suspicion of a regulatory violation, or, in some cases, false accusations, can result in seizure of assets and prolonged court battles.

marijuana plant
Eljoja / FLICKR - http://bit.ly/1xMszCg

The state reviewed another round of medical marijuana licenses on Thursday. The new licensing process comes out of laws passed in 2016 meant to better regulate the medical marijuana industry.

Michael Pedrosi is managing partner of Capital Transport, LLC, a secure transporter of medical marijuana. The company’s license was approved in July during the first state review of pre-qualified applicants. He joined Stateside to discuss the nascent industry and his expectations moving forward.

Medical marijuana sign
Neeta Lind / Flickr - http://j.mp/1spglc0

The first seven medical marijuana licenses were granted to marijuana business in Michigan last week. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved four growing licenses, one transporter, one processing center, and one provisioning center.