by Rick Thompson/September 28, 2017
LANSING- In a press release today the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) announced they will allow cannabis superfarms to be constructed in Michigan by allowing an entity to receive multiple 1,500-plant growing licenses, and that those plants can be aggregated together in a single growing environment.
The MMFLA is Michigan’s new medicinal cannabis regulatory program. The rules are being crafted now and the program will begin accepting applications for licenses in five different business categories on December 15th, with cultivation and distribution expected to begin in 2018.
Within the MMFLA are three categories of growers- Class A (500 plants), Class B (1,000 plants) and Class C (1,500 plants). The press release from the BMMR states, “A potential licensee may apply for and be granted multiple (“stacked”) class C grow licenses— each authorizing the grower to grow up to 1,500 marihuana plants—in a single location.”
The release adds a further clarification: “A licensee with stacked licenses is not required to operate each license in a separate, distinct working area.” This clears the way for 3,000 plant, 4,500 plant, 6,000 plant grow operations in Michigan on a single parcel of land- superfarms- and perhaps, even larger.
The release further defines this stacking option, including conditions of application and fee structure.
On September 21 the BMMR issued a statement authorizing a type of vertical integration of licenses where a single applicant, on a single parcel, could own and operate a cultivation center, a processing facility and a distribution center.
Read the full press release on stacking of Class C licenses HERE.
Read the vertical integration press release HERE.