Michigan Releases Advisory Bulletin Outlining New Process for Cannabis Licenses

November 17, 2020


Last month, Michigan announced that it will begin accepting applications for any cannabis applicant, regardless of previous medical licensure, starting on March 1, 2021. Starting next year, applicants will no longer be required to hold an active medical marijuana license to be eligible for the following adult-use licenses:

•    Marijuana Retailer
•    Marijuana Processor
•    Class B Marijuana Grower
•    Class C Marijuana Grower
•    Marijuana Secure Transporter

On November 13, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued an advisory bulletin and announced the new application process. Through February 28, 2021, there will be a two-tiered process available for applicants. Those who do not hold an active state medical marijuana license must begin with the Step 1 prequalification process and follow instructions for new applicants. Once the Step 1 prequalification is approved, the applicant must then wait until March 1, 2021 to submit their Step 2 license application. Those applicants who already hold an active medical marijuana license may apply through an expedited Step 1 prequalification up until March 1, 2021. After approval, these applicants may submit their Step 2 prequalification for the licenses outlined above. 

After March 1, 2021, all applicants will complete the same Step 1 prequalification process, regardless of previous approval under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. However, if a supplemental applicant has already been prequalified, the MRA will expedite their processing, since background checks have already been completed.      

If you would like assistance in starting your own cannabis business, contact John Mackewich at 419-346-4155 or at mackewich@marshall-melhorn.com.

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