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Michigan Microbusinesses: All You Need to Know

2019-07-19T08:39:14-05:00July 19th, 2019|

Ever since the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) passed in November 2018, one of the most talked about opportunities in Michigan's upcoming adult-use market has been the microbusiness license.  For months, individuals and companies eager to apply for a microbusiness license wondered exactly what the requirements would be and what the application [...]

Michigan Social Equity Program Details Announced

2019-07-19T08:34:24-05:00July 18th, 2019|

Just today, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced the details of its Michigan Social Equity Program. The program is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry by those in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.  Over the last several months, the agency sought input from approximately 150 stakeholders in [...]

5 Takeaways from the MRA’s Adult-Use Emergency Rules

2019-07-12T15:54:22-05:00July 12th, 2019|

On July 3rd, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released emergency rules concerning Michigan’s adult-use cannabis industry. Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the emergency rules enable the MRA to fully implement the 2018 Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA). While these rules are exhaustive in nature, here are five main takeaways from the newly [...]

What to Remember for Michigan’s First Legal Adult-Use Cannabis July 4th

2019-07-12T13:24:47-05:00July 1st, 2019|

This July 4th holiday marks the first for legalized adult-use cannabis consumption and possession in Michigan. While exciting, it’s also important to remain cautious of the following when traveling and vacationing on this holiday: 1. You still cannot smoke cannabis in public An adult using marijuana in public is punishable by a $100 fine. However, [...]

What Michigan Can Learn from Other States’ Cannabis Laws

2019-06-28T09:38:39-05:00June 28th, 2019|

The cannabis industry has been riding a wave of progressive movement this past week as Illinois and Massachusetts made significant strides in legalizing cannabis, addressing social equity concerns, and normalizing the use of marijuana in public. For almost 8 months, Michigan has been hailed as a beacon of light for the marijuana industry as the [...]

Contact Your Senator to Protect Michigan’s Cannabis Laws

2019-06-24T08:22:09-05:00June 24th, 2019|

In a 267-165 vote on Thursday, t​he U.S. House of Representatives ​approved a bipartisan amendment to protect states with legal marijuana programs from U.S. Department of Justice interference and enforcement. More specifically, the amendment to the fiscal year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill​ prohibits the Justice Department from using funds to prevent states from implementing their adult-use [...]

Revised MMFLA Application Forms: What You Should Know

2019-06-21T08:31:01-05:00June 21st, 2019|

The Michigan Regulatory Agency (MRA) recently made revisions to the MMFLA Application Forms in order to streamline the application intake, review and approval process. The MRA is continuing to utilize a two-step application process for state operating licenses in Michigan consisting of prequalification and facility licensing, but made the following changes to the application forms:  [...]

Creating your Cannabusiness: Is an LLC Right for You?

2019-06-26T14:48:15-05:00June 19th, 2019|

A limited liability company (LLC) is defined as a simple business structure. LLCs combine characteristics of a partnership, sole proprietorship and corporation but remains an unincorporated association. There are a number of advantages to establishing your cannabusiness LLC, but four that especially stand out as it relates to the cannabis industry.  Limited Liability  As the [...]

The MRA: What’s New and What’s Next

2019-06-17T13:38:07-05:00June 17th, 2019|

(Courtesy of Michigan.gov) L-R Lindsay Russman, Colleen Curtis, Krista Moorman, Andrew Brisbo, Sara Hernandez, Kristie Jordan, Desmond Mitchell, Jennifer Piggott, Michella Marshall, Kavita Kale, Brian Hanna. In kicking off the Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s (MRA) first public meeting on Thursday, Jun. 14, 2019, Executive Director Andrew Brisbo stressed the agency’s commitment to “outreach, education [...]

Identifying and Disclosing your Cannabusiness’ “Managerial Employees”

2019-06-27T13:35:16-05:00June 14th, 2019|

After obtaining a cannabis business license, maintaining a stellar track record of compliance with the laws and rules is essential​ to your company’s continued success. To achieve this goal, your company must know all applicable regulatory requirements. This is to ensure that the business stays above board and does not incur fines, sanctions, or worse [...]

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