Slow Roll Out for New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law
Almost a year and a half after the passing of the Medical Marijuana Licensing Facilities Act and not one license for a dispensary has been issued. Why not? The approaching deadline for getting an existing dispensary to get a license or shut down is June 15 of this year.
The Director for the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation has said this is basically because of how much rules and structure were needed to be put in place before licenses could be handed out.
Some Progress Has Been Made
Four dispensaries have received approval in the pre-qualification stage. Of the four dispensaries, there was also pre-qualification approval for three as a grow operation, two processing facilities, a secure transporter, and a testing facility. A pre-qualification requires background checks from both the Michigan State Police and Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs.
There must be approval from the community where the dispensary will do business – a process which itself might be cumbersome. This process involves dealing with local governments and zoning laws.
Stay tuned for updates.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Act
The new law featured the legitimacy of dispensaries as distribution points for consumer of medical marijuana. The law set up five new roles in the medical marijuana world:
- Provisioning Centers – The facilities providing marijuana to patients. Informally known as dispensaries.
- Marijuana Growers – People licensed to grow marijuana on a much larger scale than currently allowed. Licenses will be available to growers in the amount of 500, 1,000, and 1,500 plants.
- Marijuana Processors – Creators of marijuana-infused products, such as brownies, medibles, etc.
- Secure Transporters – Drivers who store and transport marijuana products and money moved between facilities.
- Safety Compliance Facilities – Laboratories that test the marijuana to determine amounts of THC, levels of pesticides, etc.
Will Michigan See Legal Weed Anytime Soon?
Michigan voters will likely decide on recreational use of marijuana in the next election. Pro-marijuana groups have gathered enough signatures for a ballot initiative and have submitted those signatures to the legislature. Approval of the initiative would mean marijuana will be legal in Michigan. The medical marijuana framework (seed to sale) will likely be used as the structure for legal marijuana manufacturing and sales. Read about the Proposed Marijuana Law.
Medical Marijuana Cards
There are currently 218,558 registered medical marijuana patients. Caregivers number 38,107. A person wishing to obtain a medical marijuana card must be gain the approval of a physician.
There are 5 debilitating medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana cards, including;
- Seizures – Epilepsy
- Severe muscle spasms
- Severe pain
- Wasting Syndrome – Cachexia
There are 8 approved conditions for medical marijuana cards, which include;
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Nail Patella
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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