Michigan accepting applications today for recreational marijuana businesses

Posted at 11:45 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 05:50:14-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan is one step closer to implementing legal sales of recreational marijuana.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued emergency rules that would fully implement the marijuana proposal that Michigan voters approved in 2018.

The rules will provide local municipalities and prospective licensees with the information they need to decide how they want to participate in the industry. The MRA plans to start taking business applications Nov. 1.

Designed to allow prospective licensees to operate under clear requirements, the rules are effective July 3 and will remain in effect for six months.

In addition to the license types required in the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, the rules allow for the following additional license types:

  • Marijuana Event Organizer – allows the license holder to apply for Temporary Marijuana Event licenses from the MRA.
  • Temporary Marijuana Event – this license allows a Marijuana Event Organizer to run an event – which has been approved by the local municipality – where the onsite sale or consumption of marijuana products, or both, are authorized at a specific location for a limited time. Licensed Retailers and Microbusinesses may participate. The Marijuana Event Organizer is required to hire security and ensure that all rules and requirements for onsite consumption of marijuana products are followed.
  • Designated Consumption Establishment – allows the license holder, with local approval, to operate a commercial space that is licensed by the MRA and authorized to permit adults 21 years of age and older to consume marijuana and marijuana products on premises. A Designated Consumption Establishment license does not allow for sales or distribution of marijuana or marijuana product, unless the license holder also possesses a Retailer or Microbusiness license.
  • Excess Marijuana Grower – allows a licensee who already holds five adult-use Class C Grower licenses to expand their allowable marijuana plant count.