Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Overview
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voted in favor of Prop 1 to "make marihuana legal under state and local law for adults 21 years of age or older" and to “control the commercial production and distribution of marihuana under a system that licenses, regulates, and taxes the businesses involved.” Similar to other states that have recently legalized adult-use marijuana by ballot initiative, Michigan is currently engaged in negotiations regarding potential additional legislation on this topic. Once legislative tweaks, if any, are passed, regulators will be tasked with drafting the detailed rules that will govern the industry.
Michigan Cannabis License Overview
Prop 1 contemplates a number of types of cannabis licenses: (1) growers, (2) safety compliance facilities, (3) processors, (4) microbusinesses, (5) retailers, and (6) secure transporters. It should be noted that Prop 1 reserves the ultimate authority to Michigan regulators to determine the specific license types.
Michigan Cannabis Key Regulators
Prop 1 directs the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to issue licenses and oversee this market.
Michigan Cannabis Locality Options
Local communities have the ability under Michigan's Prop 1 to opt-out of permitting legal commercial activity and to conduct their own regulation.