On April 30, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) established through Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-7. Led by Executive Director Andrew Brisbo, the MRA implements fresh practices to streamline the application process and ensure safe access to marijuana products. This agency replaces the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board, whose inefficiencies became notorious among potential applicants.
Since it’s conception last week, the MRA jump started on several initiatives and plans for the 2020 fiscal year. Furthermore, we listed updates you should know about if you’re thinking about applying for an adult-use license.
Effective May 1, 2019, Michigan marijuana patients who applied for their marijuana registry card online may now use their approval email as a temporary license. Through this regulation, patients will receive their medication the same day they’re approved. Furthermore, this approval email is valid until patients receive their card in the mail and for 10 days from the email’s stamped date.
Additionally, expect the MRA to publish licensed provisioning center guidance concerning approval emails as temporary substitutes.
Earlier last week, the Court of Claims issued several orders relating to the operation of unlicensed facilities and access to caregiver products. While the MRA reviewed these orders, they are still evaluating whether any further legal action is appropriate.
The MRA will review applications for applicants that paid a fee but never submitted a complete application, therefore never having it considered by the MMLB. Reviews include applicants that:
Soon, the MRA will provide applicants an approval or denial of their application.
Until further notice, the MRA won’t take disciplinary action against licensees in the following circumstances:
Additionally, licensed growers and processors must:
According to spokesman David Harns, the MRA currently staffs 102 full-time employees and holds a 2019 budget of roughly $19.7 million. However, 2020 fiscal year recommendations would increase the agency’s workforce to 150 full-time employees and funding to $22 million. Mainly, this is to handle the additional workload of the adult-use pot market.
Additionally, Harns says that the MRA will issue emergency rules for adult-use marijuana by June or July. Additionally, they will likely begin taking applications in September or October.
Before last week, the former MMLB held hours-long meetings each month that sparked intense debate, disagreements and appeals among applicants. The largely unproductive meetings amounted to a weeks to months-long backlog of medical marijuana license applications, and frustrated applicants who felt unfairly treated by random board denials.
Now, the state is processing applications as they come in. MRA will also report directly to the governor, but continue to rely on LARA for services like financial and human resources services.
The MRA is required by the Michigan Regulation and Taxation Marihuana Act (MRTMA) to develop a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.
Until then, the agency hopes that these survey results will help positively impact those communities through implementation of this plan. The survey’s questions will concern the following subjects:
The survey can be found here and holds a firm deadline of May 8th, 2019.
Overall, the MRA already seems far more effective than the MMLB. Through this, Michigan is suited to avoid the pitfalls states like California and Oregon experienced.
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