On Aug. 22, 2017, the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation announced that it has created five workgroups for the Michigan medical cannabis program and is in need of stakeholders to participate in them to provide input on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.
“We are interested in finding a group that represents diverse perspectives in order to gain insight into the core issues in the implementation of this new regulatory program,” said Jason Moon, LARA spokesman, as reported by The Detroit News. “We will analyze the potential participants with the intent to capture feedback from all these perspectives.”
According to the BMMR, the workgroups are as follows: Grower, Processor, Safety Compliance Facility, Provisioning Center and Secure Transporter.
The application deadline is Sept. 5. The BMMR will name the applicants chosen for the stakeholder workgroups by Sept. 12.
“Regardless of participation in the workgroups, all interested members of the public will be able to participate in the permanent rulemaking process that includes public comment, hearing notices and draft rules that will be published for review and comment,” the BMMR stated in a press release.
While the Michigan medical cannabis program is seeking participants to improve medical cannabis regulations, a member of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board is seeking to shut down all dispensaries currently in operation until licenses under the new system are issued, as reported by MLive; however, the board decided to postpone the motion.
According to Moon, if the board ends up passing the proposal to shut down dispensaries, the BMMR would discuss the issue with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette before taking any actions.