In 2019, almost anything we want can deliver to us in hours whether it’s food, groceries, wine, medications, pet supplies or diapers. Since today’s apps allow us to conveniently purchase an abundance of items from the comfort of our homes, medical marijuana is something that should be considered as well.
Cannabis delivery licenses in Michigan
Recently, Michigan started issuing home delivery licenses to authorized provisioning centers, allowing employees to deliver medical marijuana directly to patients’ homes. This new development means that medical marijuana patients can now utilize delivery services similar to Uber Eats or InstaCart to obtain their cannabis products. However, for patients without transportation or patients that can’t travel due to illness, medical cannabis delivery is life-changing.
LARA guidelines for cannabis delivery
According to the Administrative Rules, R 333.282, licensed provisioning centers must follow specific guidelines to provide home delivery services. These guidelines address the following:
- Patient identification and access to online ordering systems
- Online ordering system requirements
- Patient acknowledgement of release of information for home delivery services
- Home delivery employee requirements (Rule 333.281)
- Confirmation of patient identity, address and valid patient status
- Sales documentation and daily/monthly limits
- Transport requirements-vehicle, driver, product safety and security
- Documentation requirements-transport manifest and daily logs
- Requirements regarding number of deliveries, payments and hours of operation
- Requirements for emergencies
Utilizing MRA and LARA resources to obtain approval
Additionally, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) created a procedure checklist and daily log to assist in documenting and tracking required information. Provisioning centers that wish to provide home delivery services must develop a procedure utilizing the guidelines in the MRA checklist. However, these procedures must be reviewed and approved by LARA before facilities begin legal home delivery service.
Patients are able to protect themselves from illegal home delivery by checking LARA’s map of the active facilities license in Michigan. This includes provisioning centers licensed for home delivery.
As more facilities get approved, this map is updated to ensure convenient, safe, and regulated medical marijuana delivery for patients.