LICENSING IN MICHIGAN
For prospective licensees, navigating the legal cannabis sphere can be a complex and arduous task. While we’re working to make sure you are positioned properly in the legal marketplace, you can focus on what you do best, whether you’re a grower, processor or dispensary owner.
TYPES OF LICENSES
Licensing and regulating medical marijuana facilities varies from state to state. In Michigan, state-issued licenses are required for each of the five MMJ tiers:
Grower licenses authorize the cultivation of up to 1,500 plants. Growers may sell cannabis only to licensed processors or provisioning centers.
A processor license authorizes the production of cannabis-infused products. Processors can purchase cannabis only from a licensed grower, receive it only via a licensed transporter, and can sell cannabis-infused products only to licensed provisioning facilities.
A secure transporter stores and transports cannabis, and proceeds from the purchase or sale of cannabis, between licensed facilities.
SAFETY COMPLIANCE (LABORATORY TESTING)
A safety compliance facility performs mandatory testing of cannabis and cannabis-infused products for potency as well as any potential toxins (microbial, chemical, etc).
PROVISIONING FACILITIES (DISPENSARY)
Provisioning centers can purchase or transfer cannabis only from a licensed grower or processor, and sell only to registered qualifying patients or registered primary caregivers. Provisioning centers must be authorized by, and in compliance with, city or township ordinance.
Although the state is ultimately responsible for issuing and annually renewing licenses for each tier, the licenses will only be issued to facilities located in municipalities which have adopted an ordinance that specifically authorizes such facilities. Each municipality may adopt an ordinance that authorizes one or more tiers within its boundaries. Further, each municipality may also limit the number of each of the different types of licenses that may be issued.
All licensed facilities must utilize the statewide monitoring system for tracking all transactions and may transfer marijuana only via a licensed secure transporter.
The licensing board will begin accepting applications for licenses in the fourth quarter of 2017. Applicants will have to meet specific criteria in order to be considered for a license—and the licenses will be awarded to the most credible and persuasive applicants.
There are relatively few MMJ compliance companies throughout the country, and only one in Michigan. Danny Victor, a caregiver and a lawyer, who is also a member of the Michigan MMJ Taskforce, founded Gulfstream Gardens to help patients, caregivers, elected officials, and public safety organizations legally and effectively work to ensure the safe and reliable access to medical marijuana.
As a practicing attorney for over almost two decades, Danny is a prominent and influential legal authority, having successfully argued before the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals on dozens of occasions regarding important issues affecting the People of Michigan.
As patient-rights advocates and medical marijuana experts in facility design, cultivation, processing, lab testing, and seed-to-sale tracking, the Gulfstream Gardens team has the knowledge and expertise to assist anyone interested in acquiring a medical marijuana facility license.
Contact us to schedule your free consultation!