Michigan Cannabis License Guidelines

Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Licensing and Enforcement Criteria

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency, or MRA, is tasked with overseeing cannabis business licensing.

The Board had previously set, when the law first passed in 2019, as requirements for dispensary owner’s the following criteria:

  • No felony within 10 years
  • No misdemeanors involving controlled substances within five years
  • No local ordinance violations within five years
  • Must be 21 years old
  • Any past issue with law enforcement or legal violations, not including traffic violations

Michigan Cannabis Law & Compliance

Several laws and ordinances regulate the Michigan commercial cannabis industry, as well as the many different steps in the supply chain. These laws range over dispositions for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and retail dispensaries. The most recent news can be found on these websites:

FAQs

How do I submit my application?

The application should be completed and uploaded to ACA. Please note, applicants that do not have a social security number will need to submit a paper application.

How does the application process work?

The application process is divided into a two-step process.  This two-step process allows applicants to begin the application process by completing Step One (Prequalification) before a location for the medical marijuana facility is established.

Step One – Prequalification

The first step is Prequalification which includes a full background check of the applicant and all supplemental applicants. Before an applicant’s prequalification materials can be reviewed, the applicant must pay the non-refundable $6,000 application fee. The MRA will notify the applicant when and where fingerprints can be taken. Local law enforcement agencies will not collect fingerprints for the MRA and the MRA will not accept fingerprint reports completed by applicants before the applicants are instructed to have their fingerprints collected.

Step Two – State Operating License

The second step requires information specific to the physical location of the applicant’s facility.  It is recommended that the applicant not submit their Step 2 application more than 60 days prior to the facility being ready for inspection. This helps to assure that the information provided regarding the facility is in final form and accurate.

Under Section 205 of the MMFLA, the Agency cannot issue a license to a facility intending to operate in a municipality unless the municipality in which the applicant’s proposed marihuana facility will operate has adopted an ordinance that authorizes that type of facility. An applicant’s physical location must be in a municipality with an ordinance compliant with Section 205 requirements. Any questions about municipal ordinances should be directed toward the appropriate municipal authority.

After the facility has received approval for the state operating license from MRA, the applicant must pay the regulatory assessment for each license the applicant is issued within ten business days of being approved.

Grower Class A regulatory assessments are capped at $10,000 by statute.

Grower B and C, Processor, Provisioning Center, and Secure Transporter regulatory assessments are dependent on the number of total licenses subject to assessment. The fee is set annually for the current fiscal year and is published by an advisory bulletin.

Safety Compliance Facilities do not have a regulatory assessment.

Should I submit my full application (Step 1 and 2) together?

Step 1 (prequalification) must be achieved before an applicant can move forward with their Step 2.  A Step 2 (facility license application) will not be reviewed until the main applicant has received prequalification status.

It is recommended that the applicant not submit their Step 2 application more than 60 days prior to the facility being ready for inspection. This helps to assure that the information provided regarding the facility is in final form and accurate.  When submitting the Step 2 application, be sure to use the checklist on the first page and submit all required documentation.

How will I be contacted by the MRA?

The applicant can expect communication to come from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) through the following methods:

  • Accela Citizen Access (ACA), which is the citizen user portal. The email communication will direct the applicant to view their dashboard on ACA for more information.
  • A response to an email from Outlook
  • Telephone
  • Mail

When should I What costs are associated with applying for a medical marijuana provisioning center license in Michigan? for my renewal?

There are two fees associated with the provisioning center licensing process. The first is an application fee of $6,000, which must be submitted before the application can be processed.

The second fee is an annual regulatory assessment, which must be paid prior to the license being issued. The regulatory assessment for Fiscal Year 2020 (beginning October 1, 2019 and ending September 30, 2020) for a new provisioning center license is $44,000.

Is there a restriction on how many licenses one entity can hold?

The state will not set a limit on the number of licenses issued; however, local municipalities may choose to restrict or limit the type and number of facilities licensed in their jurisdictions.

Michigan Cannabis License Types

There are many different license types for cannabis in Michigan. We are here to help you understand which one is the best for you and your business.

Medical Marijuana Grower Licenses

Class A – 500 Plants

Class B – 1,000 Plants

Class C – 1,500 Plants (Note: only Class C licenses can be stacked at the same location.)

Adult-Use Marijuana Grower Licenses

Class A – 100 Plants

Class B – 500 Plants

Class C – 2,000 Plants (Note: Class C licenses are the only Grower licenses that can be stacked at the same location.)

Cultivation License

Class A – 100 Plants

Class B – 500 Plants

Class C – 2,000 Plants (Note: Class C licenses are the only Grower licenses that can be stacked at the same location.)

Step One – Prequalification

The first step is Prequalification which includes a full background check of the applicant and all supplemental applicants. Before an applicant’s prequalification materials can be reviewed, the applicant must pay the non-refundable $6,000 application fee. The MRA will notify the applicant when and where fingerprints can be taken. Local law enforcement agencies will not collect fingerprints for the MRA and the MRA will not accept fingerprint reports completed by applicants before the applicants are instructed to have their fingerprints collected.

Step Two – State Operating License

The second step requires information specific to the physical location of the applicant’s facility.  It is recommended that the applicant not submit their Step 2 application more than 60 days prior to the facility being ready for inspection. This helps to assure that the information provided regarding the facility is in final form and accurate.

Under Section 205 of the MMFLA, the Agency cannot issue a license to a facility intending to operate in a municipality unless the municipality in which the applicant’s proposed marihuana facility will operate has adopted an ordinance that authorizes that type of facility. An applicant’s physical location must be in a municipality with an ordinance compliant with Section 205 requirements. Any questions about municipal ordinances should be directed toward the appropriate municipal authority.

After the facility has received approval for the state operating license from MRA, the applicant must pay the regulatory assessment for each license the applicant is issued within ten business days of being approved.

Grower Class A regulatory assessments are capped at $10,000 by statute.

Grower B and C, Processor, Provisioning Center, and Secure Transporter regulatory assessments are dependent on the number of total licenses subject to assessment. The fee is set annually for the current fiscal year and is published by an advisory bulletin.

Safety Compliance Facilities do not have a regulatory assessment.

Processor License

The license includes selling to other licensed processors and dispensaries, processing marijuana and selling it to licensed medical marijuana users.

It is recommended that the applicant not submit their Step 2 application more than 60 days prior to the facility being ready for inspection. This helps to assure that the information provided regarding the facility is in final form and accurate.  When submitting the Step 2 application, be sure to use the checklist on the first page and submit all required documentation.

Retailer License

With marijuana dispensary license, you can sell medical marijuana and other marijuana products, including plants and seedlings. Retail stores can’t allow consumption of marijuana unless they have a specific license

Secure Transporter License

This license authorizes storage and transportation of marijuana and associated money between facilities.

Provisioning Center License

This license authorizes the sale of marijuana to a registered qualifying patient or registered primary caregiver.

Safety Compliance Facility License

This license authorizes the facility to receive marijuana from, test marijuana for, and return marijuana to only a marijuana facility or registered primary caregiver.

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