This past Thursday, the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board (MMLB) held their last official meeting. Starting tomorrow, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will review and approve applications.
The new agency is a result of Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2019-7, which abolished the MMLB in favor of increasing the speed of the facility licensing application process. Moreover, it will develop the entire industry in Michigan at a faster pace.
The Power of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency
With the MMLB’s abolishment, the MRA assumes the power of the MMLB, including the right(s) to:
- Grant or deny licenses
- Promulgate administrative rules
- Provide for the levy and collection of fines for violations of the act
- Provide oversight of licensed marijuana facilities
- Review and rule upon any complaints made by a licensee regarding investigative procedures
- Review the patterns of marijuana transfers to make recommendations to the governor and legislature in an annual report, which shall be submitted by April 15th each year.
The regulatory authority of the four marijuana statutes in Michigan transfers over to the MRA. Altogether, this includes the Medical Marihuana Act (MMA), Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), Marijuana Tracking Act (MTA), and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA).
New and Efficient Process for Applicants
The MRA will host a far more streamlined process compared to the MMLB. Key improvements include:
- No agenda(s) to wait for.
- Applicants are not going to have to go through the board. This is especially important for membership changes, change of ownership and management personnel change requests.
Continuing Success Under the MRA
Cannabis Legal Group is proud to say that every client we’ve assisted submitting their Pre-Qualification Application or State Operating License application over the past 18 months was approved by the MMLB. Furthermore, this means that that you can be confident that our team of experienced cannabis attorneys will do everything in our power to help you gain a marijuana facility license.
We anticipate more success with the formation of the MRA and look forward to assisting our current and future clients.