On April 13, 2017, the state of Michigan announced that it has organized all medical marijuana regulations under the newly created Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, centralizing the medical marijuana program’s licensing, compliance, enforcement and registry under one roof.
“BMMR’s organizational structure puts Michigan at the forefront of state medical marihuana regulation,” said Shelly Edgerton, director of LARA, in a press release. “Many other states have various licenses and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies. The bureau’s centralized services will enhance patient protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers.”
BMMR is responsible for implementing medical marijuana reforms signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 21, 2016.
The reforms levy a 3% tax on retailers and create separate licenses for specific commercial roles in the medical marijuana industry, including licenses for the production and distribution of marijuana-infused products. BMMR is required by law to have the new licensing applications ready by Dec. 15, 2017.
BMMR has chosen Franwell to implement the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, which is also mandated by the new reforms.
The state’s medical marijuana program has approximately 240,000 patients and 40,000 caregivers.