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State holding information sessions for anyone interested in joining licensed marijuana market

Posted: 10:51 AM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 11:01:04-04
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(WXYZ) — The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency is holding nearly a dozen educational and outreach sessions across the state this month aimed at promoting and encouraging participation in the licensed marijuana market.

During the visits, the MRA will talk about the social equity program and application and licensing process for recreational marijuana. The agency's social equity representatives will be on hand to help people complete the social equity application, with allows the MRA to figure out if a person qualifies for participation.

Those who are allowed to participate allows someone to get up to 60 percent off application fees, the initial license fees, future renewal fees and more. Those calculate as follows for applicants:

  • 25% reduction for those who have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND whose marijuana establishments will be located in disproportionately impacted communities.
  • An additional 25% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND have a marijuana-related conviction.
  • An additional 10% reduction if the individual(s) holding majority ownership have been a resident of one of the 19 disproportionally impacted communities for the past five years AND were registered as primary caregivers for at least two years between 2008 and 2017.

According to the MRA, attendance is free but space is limited and people will need to register at the links below.

Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Detroit
Wayne Community College
801 W. Fort St., Detroit MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Detroit

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM in East Lansing
East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-EastLansing

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Inkster
Inkster Booker Dozier Recreation Complex
2025 Middlebelt, Inkster, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Inkster

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Public Library 3rd Floor
10:00 AM | 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Kalamazoo

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Benton Harbor
Benton Harbor Michigan Works The Anchor Rooms
499 W Main St., Benton Harbor, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-BentonHarbor

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Flint/Mt. Morris
Flint Berston Fieldhouse
3300 N. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Flint

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Pontiac
Pontiac Public Library
60 East Pike Street, Pontiac, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Pontiac

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Saginaw
Saginaw Main Library
Hoyt 505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Saginaw

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Niles
Niles District Library
620 E Main St, Niles, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Niles

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Muskegon/Muskegon Heights
Muskegon Community College
221 Quarterline Rd, Muskegon, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Muskegon

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM in Ypsilanti
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti, MI
Registration link: http://bit.ly/MRA-Ypsilanti