Michigan’s medical marijuana program has received 411 prequalification applications for its new licensing program, state officials said.
The application process for the new medical marijuana licensing under the state’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act started on Dec. 15, 2017.
There have yet to be approvals despite more than three months passing since the application process started. David Harns, public information officer for the Board of Medical Marihuana Regulation, said the board was looking through applications, but there was no timetable for approvals.
“We do not have a time frame per se,” Harns said. “We are trying to get through them as quickly as possible, though.”
Harns said the state currently has a two-step process for licensure.
Applicants first would get prequalified with the state, which involves passing background checks and meeting capitalization goals. The minimum amount of funds an applicant must be able to demonstrate is $150,000, for what is considered a Class A Grower, the board website said.
Applicants then can go get approval at the local level, and bring that approval back to the state. The state will then investigate and look at facilities, which can then lead to the approved license.
“You do not have to do those in two separate steps, but quite a few people are,” Harns said. “But you can do them both at the same time if you want.”
The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act was passed in 2016 and much of 2017 was spent setting up the regulatory process, Harns said. Medical marijuana was first passed in the state back in 2008, however. That law allowed citizens to apply for an ID card and grow up to 12 plants for themselves, or through a caregiver.
Dispensaries had previously been operating in Michigan under temporary local approval,