At a March 22 meeting of the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, the Director of the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) delivered a statistical update on the rollout of the state’s new medical marijuana business program.
The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) has, in three months, racked up more than four hundred paid applications.
“As of yesterday we now have 411 paid pre-qualification applications on file. 215 of those came in with the Attestation E regarding temporary continued operation,” BMMR Director Andrew Brisbo advised the Board and the crowd in attendance.
The MMFLA regulates business in the cultivation, processing, distribution, transport and testing of medical cannabis industries. A completed application requires both a pre-qualification application, where the business owners are checked for criminal history and financial fitness, and a license application, which describes the business and its physical location.
“In terms of licensing applications, we now have received 9 Class A grows; 2 Class B grows; 46 Class C grows; 21 processors; 57 provisioning centers (dispensaries); 2 secure transporters; and 4 safety compliance facilities.”
Class A growing licenses allow a business to grow up to 500 plants; a Class B license, up to 1,000; and an Class C license, up to 1,500 plants.
“We are also tracking municipalities that have adopted ordinances to opt in to the MMFLA,” Director Brisbo said. “Our count is now 72, but that is unofficial.”
Those ordinances are a crucial part of the MMFLA application process. Any business in the five named industries which was open and operating before the MMFLA application process began can remain open and retail cannabis to certified medical patients if they met two steps by February 15: apply to the state and have that Attestation E letter from their city. The letter tells the state that the community has an enabling