On Oct. 9, 2019, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) released a bulletin advising all licensees on the hiring process of prospective employees.

Can a licensee hire an employee with a felony?

All licenses, including adult-use establishment licensees, must conduct background checks on all prospective employees before hiring them according to section 405 of the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA).

If the background check indicates a pending charge or conviction within the past 10 years for a controlled substance-related felony, a licensee is prohibited from hiring the prospective employee without written permission from the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). 

However, there is a process for obtaining permission from the MRA to hire a prospective employee in this situation. A licensee should submit all of the following to the MRA:

  • A copy of the arrest report that resulted in the employee’s conviction.
  • A copy of the employee’s conviction documents.
  • A written statement from the licensee that includes all of the following:
    – The prospective employee’s job title.
    – A description of the prospective employee’s job duties.
    – An explanation of the steps the licensee has taken to ensure the conduct that resulted in the prospective employee’s conviction will not jeopardize the facility’s operations if the conduct were to recur. If the prospective employee’s conduct that resulted in the conviction is totally unrelated to the job duties that he or she will be performing, include a statement to that effect.

What happens after submitting these documents to the MRA?

The MRA will review the required documents and make a determination regarding the prospective employee’s employment. The licensee will receive written notice of the MRA’s determination.

Please mail the arrest report, conviction documents, and written explanation to:

Marijuana Regulatory Agency
Licensing Division
Attention: Desmond Mitchell
P.O. Box 30205
Lansing, MI 48909

If you have any questions, contact the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Section of the MRA’s Licensing Division may be contacted via email at MRA-Applications@michigan.gov or by phone at 517-284-8599. Visit here for more information about the Marijuana Regulatory Agency. 

Sydney Fairman (22 Posts)

Sydney Fairman is the Social Media Marketing Specialist for the Law Offices of Barton Morris and Cannabis Legal Group. While at Central Michigan University, Sydney was an active member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and held various internships, leadership and part-time positions. These places of employment include the City of Mt. Pleasant, Grand Central Magazine, Mackinac State Historic Parks and WCMU Public Media (PBS). She graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Arts in Integrative Public Relations and minor in Journalism. Sydney comes to us after her first position post-college with Gale, a Cengage Company as a Marketing Associate. She possesses a passion for writing, marketing and graphic design and showcases this on Cannabis Legal Group's website and social media channels.


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