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Michigan 2017-07-05T13:49:51+00:00

Michigan Knowledge Center:

Created to provide helpful information about the Michigan Medical Marihuana Industry.

Marihuana License Info:

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Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.

How many Cultivation/Grower licenses are being awarded in Michigan?

We don’t yet know the number of grower licenses being distributed in Michigan, here’s what we do know:

Michigan Cultivation Licenses

  • Class A – 500 Plants
  • Class B – 1000 Plants
  • Class C – 1500 Plants

A grower license authorizes the following:

  • Sale of marihuana seeds or marihauana plants to a grower by means of a secure transporter
  • Sale of marihuana, other than seeds, to a processor or provisioning center (dispensary)
  • Must transfer marihuana by means of a secure transporter

Michigan Marihuana Grower Licensees must comply with the following:

  • Until Dec. 21, 2021, all Michigan grower licensees must have an active employee who has a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a registered primary caregiver
  • Grower licensees must not be registered primary caregivers and must not employ someone who is simultaneously a registered primary caregiver
  • Must enter all transactions, current inventory, and other required info into the statewide traceability/monitoring system under the marihuana tracking act
  • A licensed grower is only permitted to operate in an area that has been zoned for industrial or agricultural use and otherwise meets requirements outlined in section 205(1)

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Laboratories test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo quality assurance testing.

In Michigan, Laboratories will be referred to as Safety Compliance Facilities.  Final rules and regulations for safety compliance facilities are to be determined.  Here’s what we know:

Safety Compliance Facility licenses in Michigan

  • Authorized to test and transfer marihuana; able to receive, test, and return, marihuana only to and from another marihuana facility
  • A safety compliance facility must be accredited by an entity approved by the board by 1 year after the date the license is issued or have previously provided drug testing services to this state or this state’s court system and be a vendor in good standing
  • Safety compliance facility licensees (both applicants and investors) are not allowed to have interest in other marihuana business licenses including grower, secure transporter, processor or provisioning center

Safety Compliance Facility Licensees must comply with all of the following:

  • Perform tests to certify that marihuana is reasonably free of any chemical residues such as fungicides, insecticides and other contaminants
  • Use validated test methods to determine tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), tetrahydrocannabinol acid, cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabidiol acid levels
  • Test to determine whether marihuana complies with the standards the board establishes for microbial and mycotoxin contents
  • Other tests as necessary to determine compliance with any other good manufacturing practices as prescribed in the rules
  • Enter all transactions, current inventory, and other required info into the statewide monitoring/traceability system as required in the marihuana tracking act
  • Have a secure laboratory space that cannot be accessed by the general public
  • Retain and employ at least 1 staff member with a relevant advanced degree in a medical or laboratory science
A Secure Transporter License allows the licensee to store and transport marihuana and money associated with the purchase/sale of marihuana exclusively between other licensed marihuana facilities.  It does not allow for transportation of marihuana to registered qualifying patients or registered primary caregivers.

Michigan Secure Transporter Licenses:

  • Applicants and each investor with an interest in the secure transporter must not have an interest in a grower, processor, provisioning center, or safety compliance facility and must not be a registered qualifying patient or a registered primary caregiver
  • A secure transporter shall enter all transactions, current inventory, and other information into the statewide monitoring/traceability system as required in this act, rules, and the marihuana tracking act.

Michigan Marihuana Secure Transporters must comply with the following:

  • Each driver transporting marihuana must have a chauffeur’s license issued by the state of Michigan
  • Each employee who has custody of marihuana or money that is related to a marihuana transaction shall not have been convicted of or released from incarceration for a felony under the laws of this state, any other state, or the United States within the past 5 years or have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving a controlled substance within the past 5 years
  • Each vehicle shall be operated with a 2-person crew with at least 1 individual remaining with the vehicle at all times during the transportation of marihuana
  • A route plan and manifest shall be entered into the statewide monitoring/traceability system, and a copy shall be carried in the transporting vehicle and presented to a law enforcement officer upon request
  • The marihuana shall be transported in 1 or more sealed containers and may not be accessible while in transit
  • A secure transporting vehicle shall not bear markings or other indication that it is carrying marihuana or a marihuana-infused product
  • Secure transporters are subject to administrative inspection by a law enforcement officer at any point during the transportation of marihuana to determine compliance
Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.  In Michigan, Dispensaries are commonly referred to as Provisioning Centers.  Specific license info for Michigan Marihuana businesses have not yet been established.  Here’s what we know:

Michigan Provisioning Center Licenses

  • Authorizes the purchase or transfer of marihuana only from a grower or processor and sale or transfer to only a registered qualifying patient or registered primary caregiver.
  • All transfers of marihuana to a provisioning center from a separate marihuana facility shall be by means of a secure transporter.
  • Authorizes the provisioning center to transfer marihuana to or from a safety compliance facility for testing by means of a secure transporter
  • Applicants and each investor in the provisioning center must not have an interest in a secure transporter or safety compliance facility

A Michigan Marihuana Provisioning Center must comply with the following:

  • Sell or transfer marihuana to a registered qualifying patient or registered primary caregiver only after it has been tested and bears the label required for retail sale
  • Enter all transactions, current inventory, and other information into the statewide monitoring/traceability system as required in the marihuana tracking act
  • Before selling or transferring marihuana to a registered qualifying patient or to a registered primary caregiver on behalf of a registered qualifying patient, inquire of the statewide monitoring system to determine whether the patient and, if applicable, the caregiver hold a valid, current, unexpired, and unrevoked medical marihuana registry identification card and that the sale or transfer will not exceed the daily purchasing limit established by the medical marihuana licensing board
  • Not allow the sale, consumption, or use of alcohol or tobacco products on the premises
  • Not allow a physician to conduct a medical examination or issue a medical certification document on the premises for the purpose of obtaining a registry identification card

Where can I obtain legal Medical Marihuana?

There is not currently a list of open provision centers, however, the city of Detroit has provided an Interactive Map that displays the status for current applicants.

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Sale and inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrackTHC has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.

Michigan Marihuana Processor Licenses

  • Authorizes the purchase of marihuana only from a grower and sale of marihuana-infused products or marihuana only to a provisioning center
  • A processor license authorizes the processor to transfer marihuana only by means of a secure transporter
  • Applicants and each investor in the processor must not have an interest in a secure transporter or safety compliance facility

Michigan Marihuana Processors shall comply with all of the following:

  • Must have an active employee or individual who has, a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a registered primary caregiver until December 31, 2021
  • While holding a processor license, licensee must not be a registered primary caregiver and must not employ an individual who is simultaneously a registered primary caregiver
  • Enter all transactions, current inventory, and other required information into the statewide monitoring/traceability system as required in the marihuana tracking act

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Processing or Manufacturing Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor processing and manufacturing efforts, which is especially important in this part of the supply chain due to conversions into multiple byproducts and higher amounts of waste.  Our processing seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive conversion tracking focused on compliant data points.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrackTHC also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: 203,889

How can I obtain a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card?

Residents of the state of Michigan can receive a medical marihuana card by:

  1. Obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing diagnosis
  2. Obtain signed Physician’s statement from an actively licensed Physician in Michigan
  3. Register with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
  4. Pay a $60 patient registry fee (for new and renewal applications)
  5. Fill out the appropriate application
  6. Mail the application and Physician Certification to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the following documents:
    • Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
    • Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
    • Caregiver Attestation (if applicable; included in the application form)
    • Copy of Caregiver’s Photo Identification (if applicable)
    • A check or money orderin the amount of the application (or a reduced fee of $25.00 if currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD* ) made payable to State of Michigan—MMMP.  *** If you are submitting a reduced fee, you must also include a copy of documentation verifying receipt of Medicaid, SSI or SSD
  7. Submit application to:
    Michigan Medical Marihuana ProgramDepartment of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

    Bureau of Professional Licensing
    PO Box 30083
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone: 517-284-6400
    EmailBHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov
    WebsiteMichigan Medical Marihuana Program

Does my medical condition qualify for a Medical Marijuana Recommendation in Michigan?

Here’s a list of qualifying conditions defined by Michigan state law:

  • Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or nail patella
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
    • Severe and chronic pain;
    • Severe nausea;
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
    • and, any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule

What costs are associated with a Michigan Marihuana Business License?

  • Payment to secure transporters for transferring marihuana as needed
  • Annual, nonrefundable fee of up to $5,000 to be paid to your municipality
  • An application fee per category and class of license
  • Investigation and processing fees not covered by application fee
  • Annual regulatory assessment fee
  • Renewal fee; late fees if renewal fee is not paid on time
  • Provisioning centers will pay 3% on gross retail receipts

Michigan Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info:

Michigan has created the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation to centralize all aspects of medical marijuana regulation, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reports. The new bureau is housed in Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly established statutory requirements for medical marijuana facility licensing.

LARA is currently working on the procedures, fees, licensing applications and final rules.  License applications will be available to potential business operators on December 15, 2017.

Michigan has some unique nomenclature when it comes to their cannabis industry.  Here are a few terms commonly used when discussing Michigan’s medical cannabis program that you should become familiar with:

  • Marihuana – This is simply a different spelling of the more commonly used, Marijuana
  • Provisioning Center – A dispensary where medical cannabis can be distributed and purchased by customers with a qualifying medical card
  • Safety Compliance Facility – More commonly referred to as laboratories, these facilities are used for testing medical marihuana for potency and purity

For the latest cannabis-related legislative updates on Michigan, check out our Cannabis Bill Tracker!

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