by Rick Thompson/December 8, 2017
LANSING– The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today issued the long-awaited applications for businesses wishing to apply to grow, handle, test and distribute medical marijuana in Michigan.
In a press release LARA affirmed the two-step process for applying to become a business under the regulation of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) program, Pre-Qualification (approving the people) and License Qualification (approving the business). Documentation required for approval in Pre-Qualification is extensive and requires background checks of a criminal, litigation and financial nature.
The Friday press release confirmed that applications will be accepted in both paper or online versions on December 15th. The paper version is 48 pages long and can be downloaded HERE. Although an applications page has been established on the LARA website, the system will not be active until December 15th. In previous public forums Director of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation Andrew Brisbo has indicated the MMFLA’s online application entry system would utilize the same state computer program used by other industries to import similar compliance documents.
On December 4th the BMMR and LARA revealed the Emergency Rules for the MMFLA licensing process. The release of the MMFLA application, coupled with the Rules, finalizes the package of necessary documents just seven days before the statutorily-required beginning of the program on December 15th, 2017.