Adult-Use Cannabis in Michigan: New Milestones, Overcoming Real Estate Hurdles

2020-07-10T15:08:01-05:00July 10th, 2020|

Since Michigan’s recreational/adult-use cannabis market official launched Dec. 1st, 2019, the adult-use industry has maintained steady growth and sales, with product in high demand. Even on the first day, consumer demand was “off the charts,” and provisioning centers had patrons lined outside the door and around the block. While some markets are struggling during the [...]

Upcoming Due Dates For MRA Annual Financial Statements And The CARES Act

2020-07-09T08:55:12-05:00July 2nd, 2020|

The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued an updated bulletin dated June 3rd, 2020 regarding the required annual financial statements for fiscal year 2020, pursuant to Section 701 of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Per the MRA bulletin, the requirements for the annual financial statements are as follows: An annual financial statement form [...]

MRA Announces Updates to Adult-Use and Medical Cannabis Business Applications

2020-07-09T09:11:27-05:00June 26th, 2020|

This week, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has adopted 10 topic-based administrative rule sets. These rule sets follow both the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) and the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). They also were introduced to accomplish the following: implement, administer, and enforce appropriate standards for cannabis businesses and associated [...]

Under New Bill, Spouses of Government Employees Can Get Michigan Medical Marijuana Licenses

2020-07-09T09:04:12-05:00June 19th, 2020|

What is Michigan House Bill 5700? Under the current 2016 Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), spouses of any government employee or elected official may not be issued a medical marijuana facilities license by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). However, House Bill 5700, sponsored by state Representative Julie Alexander (R), aims to loosen restrictions [...]

Diversity in the Cannabis Industry: Working Towards Equal Access and Opportunity

2020-06-12T09:57:54-05:00June 12th, 2020|

As the BlackLivesMatter global network continues to raise awareness and bring justice to Black people around the world, many companies and industries have reflected on how they can increase diversity and promote economic empowerment for communities of color. Many cannabis business leaders have acknowledged the industry’s lack of diversity, long before current events surrounding police [...]

MRA Expands Eligibility Criteria of Social Equity Program

2020-06-05T11:44:59-05:00June 5th, 2020|

On May 19th, 2020, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced the expansion of the eligibility criteria to Michigan’s social equity program. As of June 1st, 2020, the number of disproportionately impacted communities increased from 41 to 184.  According to the MRA, this expansion will make it, “easier for individuals from those communities to qualify to [...]

Adult-Use Marijuana Ordinances on November 2020 Ballot, Signature Gathering During COVID-19

2020-05-29T14:25:13-05:00May 29th, 2020|

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) allows an individual to submit a petition to initiate an ordinance allowing (or completely prohibiting) adult-use establishments in a municipality. If you are interested in submitting an MRTMA ballot initiative in your municipality, it may be a good idea to consider drafting ordinance language, gathering signatures, [...]

Michigan Outlines COVID-19 Rules for Cannabis Businesses

2020-06-10T12:44:24-05:00May 22nd, 2020|

While many sectors of the economy were forced to cease their day-to-day operations, the essential businesses of cannabis industry in Michigan are able to conduct business with the implementation of new safety practices and procedures. On May 20th, 2020, Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) first issued an advisory bulletin aimed at ensuring the creation and enforcement of [...]

Marijuana Home Delivery, Pickup and Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-05-14T16:00:40-05:00May 15th, 2020|

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues, government and health officials have continued to issue mandates and guidelines to help slow the spread of the virus. With so many changes, many people are struggling to maintain daily routines and normalcy. For some, cannabis consumption is part of their daily ritual. For medical marijuana patients and beyond, cannabis [...]

What Will The Cannabis Industry Look Like After COVID-19?

2020-05-14T09:27:40-05:00May 8th, 2020|

During the Coronavirus pandemic, cannabis businesses have been deemed essential by 29 states and the District of Columbia. Cannabis businesses adjusted their standard operating procedures as necessary and implemented new policies to ensure employee, patient and customer safety. But what do these recent temporary changes mean for the marijuana industry in the long-term? Marijuana is [...]

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