Michigan Agency Preparing for Medical Marijuana License Applications in December
A non-refundable application fee to offset costs of a background investigation of those applying for licenses is expected to be in the $4,000 to $8,000 range, depending on the number of applications received.
Sep 18, 2017
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs plans to issue emergency rules to implement the new Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Act (MMFLA) and discussed this during a Sept. 12 meeting of the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board. LARA, in consultation with the board, has sole authority to promulgate rules and emergency rules as necessary to implement, administer, and enforce the act and said it expects to submit the emergency rules in November to spell out regulatory policies, including the application and licensing process and the fee structure. LARA said it is working with the board to develop permanent rules.
LARA’s news release last week said it consulted with the Michigan Attorney General’s office regarding facilities and dispensaries currently in operation and determined any regulatory action will require an administrative rule. Its intent for the emergency rules is to consider any operation of a facility that would otherwise need to be licensed under the act as a potential impediment to licensure if continued after Dec. 15, 2017, the date when LARA will begin accepting license applications for all facilities. “This applies to all facilities defined under MMFLA. This approach will allow existing operations to wind down while also giving adequate time for patients to establish connections to caregivers to help ensure continuity of access,” its announcement stated.
The act requires LARA, in consultation with the board, to set the application fee and the annual regulatory assessment for each license. The fees will include a non-refundable application fee that offsets the cost for LARA, the