A photographer crosses the street in front of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan.

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Michigan MMJ Regulators Seeking Individuals to Help Devise Rules

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is seeking individuals to make suggestions to the agency on potential rules for cannabis industry operators, Detroit News reports. Those interested do not necessarily need to be an activist or current or prospective canna-business operator – but they must submit a 150-word explanation to the department about why they are qualified to participate in the process by 9 a.m. on Sept. 5.

“Regardless of participation in the work groups, all interested members of the public will be able to participate in the permanent rule-making process that includes public comment, hearing notices and draft rules that will be published for review and comment,” the department said in the report.

Jason Moon, spokesman for the agency, said LARA is “interested in finding a group that represents diverse perspectives” in their efforts to “gain insight into core issues” regarding implementing the state’s new medical cannabis regime.

“We will analyze the potential participants with the intent to capture feedback from all these perspectives,” he told the News.

The department is searching for people to suggest rules for growers, processors, transporters, testers, and dispensaries.

The announcement comes a day after the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Chairman Donald Baily suggested that dispensaries currently operating in the state would need to shut down prior to Sept. 15 if they wanted to be considered for a new dispensary license.

Interested parties can email LARA-MedicalMarihuana@michigan.gov with “WORK GROUP” in the subject line, and include their name, mailing and email addresses, a phone number, which work group they want to participate in, the person’s job, and their employer or organization.

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