Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced a start date of January 15 for new Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) administrative rules and registration forms, but has not yet posted the new forms to their website.
Review the new rule changes here: ORR’s medical marijuana rule changes June 2014.
The announcement of the January 15 date for the new program’s rollout came via the LARA website. Although the statement is undated, the file name includes the date 12-17-2014 and the text carries the phrase, “applicants who apply for registry cards on or after January 15, 2015 must use the new forms that will be available in approximately 2 weeks.”
As of this writing the new forms had not been loaded onto the LARA website yet and were unavailable. When they do come online they will be found HERE.
The proposed revisions are featured on the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) website. The ORR confirmed by telephone on Friday December 26 that the online version is the final edit for the rule changes.
The June 20 proposal contains strikethrough text, boldface, italicized and normal text. “For patients, this is a confusing time.” said Jamie Lowell of Ypsilanti’s 3rd Coast Compassion Center.
The announcement did list three specific changes:
• Establish a $60 application fee for all qualifying patients (reduced from $100).• Eliminate the reduced $25 application fee.• Require that caregivers pay a $25 processing fee for each required criminal background check.
The proposed changes have been controversial, drawing criticism from advocates and legislators alike. Many advocates delivered testimony directly to LARA and the ORR during a citizen comment session held in Lansing. Each person was given two minutes to express their views before a lawyer, an administrator and a court reporter.
LARA was not able to avoid the ire of Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), who headed the joint committee (JCAR) that considered rule changes submitted by all departments of Michigan government. He blasted LARA in September for trying to promulgate rules that favored themselves at the expense of patients. Per an MLive news article, the Senator stated the proposal would not be accepted “unless LARA softens the online registration requirement, perhaps by allowing paper registration when Internet access is not feasible.”
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