Michigan marijuana and cannabis license got legal in 2008. That makes Michigan the 13th state to legalize marijuana consumption. However, no sooner than 2018 Michigan state government legalized the use of recreational marijuana.
Note that each municipality in the state has different regulations. You need to check with the local legislation as well while traveling through the state. But no need to worry! This article covers every detail you need to know about the Michigan marijuana license and more.
Here are some cases when cannabis consumption or cultivation is legal in Michigan.
However, there are some cases where marijuana and cannabis license is not legal. For example, you cannot:
Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MJA) regulates all license types for cannabis and marijuana in Michigan. Only the residents of Michigan can get a license of any type. Below you can find some of the most important requirements. Without these, it is impossible to receive a Michigan cannabis and marijuana license.
If you are planning to start a commercial cannabis business, you need to acquire a cannabis grower license. Michigan marijuana grower license allows cultivating and trading marijuana with other commercial entities. However, there are two types of grower licenses available. One is for adult use, and the other is for medical purposes. In both cases, the Michigan marijuana and cannabis grower license allows:
Aside from the purpose, the license is divided into 3 other types. They are based on the amount that the applicant is planning to grow. In the case of a medical marijuana grower license, three classes are available.
The allowed amounts for adult-use marijuana grower licenses are a little bit lower.
You can apply for a Michigan marijuana grower license both online and paper-based. The application consists of pre-qualification and license qualification stages. During the pre-qualification stage, the establishment needs to undergo some background checks. That is to ensure that there are no cases of any type of crime. In addition, a background check assures that the applicant holds the authority to represent the facility.
During the second step, the facility must submit the type of desired application. Not to forget about the location of their operations. The facility may also have to submit a business plan based on specific requirements. Below you can find the list of some supplementary documents needed for the second stage of the application:
At the end of the application, there is also a section about the financial operations of the company. The applicant company should present information about its operations for the last 3 years.
Michigan marijuana manufacturer license enables to cultivate and sell cannabis legally. However, there are certain requirements for each stage of the manufacturing process.
A microbusiness is a company or a person who:
The difference with a retailer license is that the microbusiness does not allow transferring any cannabis finished or unfinished products.
Only residents of Michigan are eligible to apply for a Michigan marijuana microbusiness license. However, some municipalities either do not allow operations of a microbusiness or have no final decision regarding the matter, yet. So, before deciding to open a microbusiness, always check with your local municipality.
The application process is the same as that of the medical facilities described in the last section of this article. It is divided into two steps: prequalification and license application.
According to Michigan Marijuana dispensary license regulations, marijuana dispensaries need to be located away from residential places and educational institutions.
The same dispensary establishment can sell both medical and adult-use recreational marijuana. Nothing is lawful unless labeling, tax, and customer, verification processes are performed according to the legislation.
To be considered a consumption site, the dispensary needs to have a separate license. After acquiring the license, the dispensary can have a separate smoking lounge. In addition, it is prohibited to serve food or alcohol in those establishments.
Those applicants, who already hold a license to sell medical marijuana, can have permission to apply for a recreational retail license. That means that the only way to receive a Michigan marijuana retailer license is to have a medical marijuana provision facility license at first.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is under the regulation of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, as any other marijuana license type. The license is intended for either medical facilities or patients. The registration process is different for each license type.
If you are looking for a patient-only medical marijuana license, you need to fill in the online application. It is available on the Michigan State Government official website. To get qualified, you must be either a patient without a caregiver or a patient willing to remove their caregiver. If you meet these criteria, all you need to do is create a secure online account and fill in the online application.
In the case of medical facilities, there are two steps to the licensing process: prequalification and facility licensing. After completing all of the required steps, it may take up to 180 days to receive an approval or denial letter. Below you can find the two steps of the medical facility license application.
Both main and supplementary applicants must submit applications for this stage. The main applicant is the one, who wants to hold the marijuana facility license under their name. The applicant can be either an entity or an individual. Supplementary applicants are all managerial workers, entities, or individuals with greater than 10% ownership of the facility.