Securing a marijuana license for your business can be a long and expensive process. Due to the steps involved, it’s important to get it right the first time and avoid any problems that might get in your way. There’s also no point applying for a marijuana license in Michigan if you’re not eligible and you’re going to be turned down. To avoid wasting your time and money, you should understand what might prevent you from obtaining a license. It might seem as simple as filling out a form, but there are lots of things to consider and getting legal help can make the process easier to navigate. Take a look at these things that could disqualify you from obtaining a marijuana license in Michigan.

The Application

Submitting an application for a marijuana license isn’t easy. There are five forms for different licenses, and each one has different requirements. However, one thing that will definitely mean that you’re not eligible for a license is that you knowingly submit an application that contains false information. It’s essential to give accurate information in an application to avoid rejection.


Your Background

The applicant’s background also plays a big role in whether an application will be accepted. Applicants are not eligible if they are a member of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, nor if they hold an elective office of a governmental unit in Michigan, any other state or the federal government. You cannot be employed by a governmental unit of Michigan. However, this doesn’t apply if you are an elected officer or employee of a federally recognized Native American tribe or to an elected precinct delegate.


Your Criminal History

Criminal history is another factor that applicants for Michigan marijuana licenses need to take into account. Anyone who has been convicted of or released from incarceration for a felony in any state laws or under federal law in the previous 10 years isn’t eligible for a license. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony related to a controlled substance within the past 10 years is also ineligible. Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involved a controlled substance, theft, dishonesty or fraud within the previous 5 years in any state is ineligible for a license, and so is anyone who has violated a local ordinance relating to the same matters in any state in the past 5 years.


Premises and Insurance

When applying for a marijuana license in Michigan, the applicant needs to meet certain business standards too. One of these is that adequate premises liability and casualty insurance must be maintained for the proposed marijuana facility. At a minimum, the policy needs to cover $100,000. The applicant also has to comply with section 205(1) which states that a license cannot be given until the “municipality has adopted an ordinance that authorized that type of facility.”

There’s more to applying for a marijuana license in Michigan than simply filling out some forms. It’s important to get the right legal help to make sure you apply correctly.