It was announced that Michigan has centralized all aspects of medical marihuana regulation by creating the new Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The new bureau combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly established statutory requirements for medical marihuana facility licensing. “Since medical marihuana was approved by a majority of Michigan voters in 2008, the state has been working on how best to regulate and manage the program. The framework provided by the legislature in 2016 set up the regulatory structure for state government to oversee the program. By creating the bureau and housing all aspects of the medical marihuana program in one place, it will be easier for both the end user and the regulators to access and provide oversight of the program,” stated Tony Des Chenes of MLC.
BMMR is currently working to implement the regulatory framework created by legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder in September 2016. Regulatory functions include the licensing, investigation and enforcement of medical marihuana growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities. The legislation requires the bureau to make licensing applications available by December 15, 2017. For more information on medical marihuana facility licensing click here.
BMMR will also house the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP), the state patient and caregiver registry that currently contains more than 240,000 active patients and 40,000 active caregivers. The program administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by voters in 2008. For more information on the MMMP, click here.
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