A groundbreaking and historic stride forward was made in the world of state-legal cannabis programs last week, when a bill was passed that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state policies related to marijuana consumption, be it for medicinal or recreational purposes. The vote was approved by something of a landslide. With the help of bipartisan support, the final ballot ran 267 – 165.
It’s now time for the local governments in Michigan to act as they now only have until October to decide whether or not to ban recreational marijuana. The authorities are under increasing pressure to make a decision sooner rather than later as many officials are now ready to start working on the state’s marijuana market. They are hoping to issue rules and regulations for marijuana businesses by the end of the month so, obviously to prevent any major confusion, it’s now in everyone’s best interest that the governments finally make their decision.
Marijuana has been a hot topic for quite some time, and with the advent that Michigan became open to recreational marijuana businesses on November 6th, 2018, there has never been a better time to open a dispensary. Opening a dispensary in Michigan is one of the numerous options to make the most of the medicinal side of marijuana. You could also start a marijuana testing facility, a marijuana transport business, or cultivate marijuana yourself. If you don’t know where to begin or have considered opening a recreational medical marijuana business in Michigan, let’s provide you with the essential information, and ask you some important questions.
Over the last few years, many states throughout the US have been relaxing their laws surrounding Cannabis. In the past, this substance was viewed as a wholly negative thing, with most people looking to avoid it, though this was mostly down to stigma, and this is slowly being wiped away.
As of March 29, the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) joint with the Michigan Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) have issued guidance on CBD and Industrial Hemp in Michigan. This comes following the recent legalization back in 2018. However, as many of the rules and licences have been surrounding medical and recreational marijuana specifically, it’s also a great idea to outline the guidance on both CBD and Hemp according to LARA too.
It has recently been reported in the Detroit Free Press that lawmakers are attempting to shut down medical marijuana providers that are currently unlicensed. But will this happen once and for all?
In recent years, attempts have been made to stop unlicensed providers – but various court challenges have prevented action from being taken. So is now the time for action to be carried out? Is this the bill that will finally ensure all medical marijuana providers in the state are licenced under Michigan’s new regulatory setup?
Earlier this month, a new bill was introduced and later approved by a House panel in a 5-0 bipartisan vote. The bill states that any Michigan marijuana dispensary that is currently operating without a licence, will not be able to obtain a Medical Marijuana License for the minimum term of one year, as of June 1.