After that, you need to provide proof of registration to the MRA.
This rule is intended to provide an opportunity for schools with cannabis programs, such as Northern Michigan University, to conduct hands-on research in the classroom.
Additionally, growers or processors can apply for the educational research license.
They may want to conduct research into specific strains, effects, and more.
Given the fact that there’s been a prohibition of marijuana for the past 50+ years, there’s been a significant stifling of research related to it.
There’s so much more that we can learn from this plant; not only its medicinal properties, but other products that can derive from it.
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Packaging/Labeling Requirements for Edibles and Other Infused Products
Another highlight of the Michigan marijuana proposed regulations is the expanded packaging and labeling requirements for marijuana infused edibles.
The key takeaway from this proposed rule is that the MRA doesn’t want any edibles to appeal to minors in any way.
The rule states that, “a producer of edible marihuana product shall comply with all the following:”
(a) Not produce an edible marihuana product that is associated with or has cartoons, caricatures, toys, designs, shapes, labels, or packaging that would appeal to minors.
(b) Not produce edible marihuana products in the distinct shape of a human, animal, or fruit, or a shape that bears the likeness or contains characteristics of a realistic or fictional human, animal, or fruit, including artistic, caricature, or cartoon renderings. Edible marihuana products that are geometric shapes and fruit flavored are permissible.
(c) Not package an edible marihuana product in a package that bears the image, likeness, or contains the characteristics of commercially available food products.”
For example, producing infused cookies and brownies is OK, but producing a cookie in packaging that bears the likeness to Oreo™ packaging is not.
These rules are generally in response to something that the MRA identified as a problem.
They don’t want liability for any bad press.
Therefore, the MRA is likely to adopt this rule in some fashion.
This is, perhaps, the most interesting of the Michigan marijuana proposed rules. In R 420.112a, the MRA aims to allow licensees to enter contract(s) with other parties to use the other party’s intellectual property.
If adopted, they’ll also allow the other party to provide, “management or other services necessary for the operation of the licensee pursuant to a licensing, management, or other agreement approved by the agency.”