Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) unveiled the temporary emergency rules of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) on Dec. 5, revising its previous Class C license-stacking allowances, expanding its application requirements and establishing a one-year deadline for testing lab accreditation.
Licensing applications for the state’s cannabis businesses were made available just 10 days later on Dec. 15.
“The permanent rules [are] a lot longer process,” said David Harns, Public Information Officer at LARA. “It could probably take up to a year or so. These emergency rules are going to be in place for quite some time.”
Matthew Abel, attorney for Cannabis Counsel P.L.C. and executive director for NORML, said issues about stacking the Class C, or 1,500-plant count, cultivation licenses are one of the biggest surprises in the law. Last fall, the state issued an advisory stating that an individual could get as many Class C licenses as they want and consolidate operations in one location, but the new regulations say stacking licenses is only permitted in communities that have no limit on the type or number of licenses, Abel said.
“Most places are putting caps on the number of licenses,” he noted. “Very few are passing ordinances without any caps. These places that thought they were going to allow stacking either are not able to or are going to have to go back and rewrite their ordinances.”
Municipalities continue to pass ordinances allowing cannabis facilities, Abel said, and said more will most likely pass regulations.
“Many of them were just waiting until the rules came out, and when the rules come out only a week before the applications, it doesn’t leave much time for a city to scramble and do something,” he said.
New Testing Requirements
Many testing requirements are laid out in the new rules,