Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has implemented new administrative rules that change application fees and processes in the state’s adult-use and medical cannabis systems. The rule reduces fees for cannabis licenses from $6,000 to $3,000 and removes renewal fee tiers for both medical and adult-use licenses.
New and renewal licensees must now have cannabis liability insurance and Class A cannabis microbusinesses can now buy cannabis concentrates or cannabis-infused products directly from processors.
Other updates include the creation of an adult-use education and research license. The new license type is valid for one year and does not carry an application fee, license fee, or a renewal charge; however, license holders must be registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The MRA has also made steps to free up the movement of cannabis prior to final safety testing within the Michigan market and has made “significant changes” to how cannabis is tested. Product slated for destruction must be destroyed within 90 days.
The new rules also allow curbside or drive-through services at cannabis shops, depending on local approval. Additionally, the MRA updated the labeling rules for cannabis concentrates and edibles.
The MRA proposed these changes in September 2021 and they are just the latest updates to Michigan’s evolving cannabis industry. At the time of the proposals, Michigan NORML’s Executive Director Rick Thompson said allowing Class A micro-businesses to buy concentrates and edibles from other licensees was “huge.”
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