2022 Administrative Rules for Cannabis
The CRA periodically amends the administrative rules for the cannabis industry. The most recent changes were in March, 2022. A public hearing took place for rules governing marijuana businesses at on Monday, September 27, 2021 in Lansing. The Guild also hosted a webinar/Q&A with CRA Director Andrew Brisbo on Friday, September 17, 2021, which specifically focused on the proposed rule changes.
Notable changes, per CRA:
|License Type (Adult Use)||Current||New|
|Adult Use Prequalification||$6,000||
|Adult Use Retailer||$25,000||$15,000|
|Adult Use Grower A (no more than 100 plants)||$4,000||$1,200|
|Adult Use Grower B (no more than 500 plants)||$8,000||$6,000|
|Adult Use Grower C (no more than 2,000 plants), or Excess Grower, or Processor||$40,000||$24,000|
|Adult Use Microbusiness||$8,000||$8,300|
|Adult Use Secure Transporter or Safety Compliance Facility||$25,000||$15,000|
Fees for Temporary Marijuana Event and Designated Consumption Establishment licenses will remain at $1,000.
New Adult-Use Class A Marijuana Microbusiness License
New Adult Use Educational Research License
Sampling & Testing
Infused and Edible Products
Review the complete rules here (PDF):
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ENACTED PUBLIC ACT 186 of 2022
State Representative Calley (R-Hastings), with other legislators including Reps. Brann (R-Wyoming) and LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), introduced HB5512, which was intended to resolve some inconsistencies between the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and drug court administrative practices, but may ultimately prove to have grave implications for some cannabis patients. The bill was adopted by the House in April 2022, approved by the Senate in June 2022, and signed by the Governor in July.
Rep. LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), who initially co-sponsored the bill but then voted against it, explained his reasoning like this:
“At issue was whether to give judges unlimited discretion to ban use of [cannabis] in sobriety courts. The presenting concern was that addicted participants might get a medical card to evade sobriety and ‘trump’ the rules of sobriety court. On the other side was the real concern that someone using [cannabis] for medical reasons shouldn't have to choose between help in a sobriety court and the medical help they already were getting. I proposed a policy of allowing those who had cards before entering sobriety court to keep using the cards, but stop participants from getting a card while in the court. The middle ground position wasn't adopted [and] the bill passed.”Back to top
AGENCY NAME CHANGE ENACTED Executive Order 2022-1
As of April 12, 2022, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's name was changed to the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA). The Cannabis Regulatory Agency regulates the processing, distribution, and sale of both hemp and marijuana going forward. Oversight of hemp cultivation remains with MDARD.
See the Executive Order here.Back to top
ENACTED PUBLIC ACT 119 of 2021
On December 7, 2021 Governor Whitmer signed into law Public Act 119 (HB4921), which amends the MMFLA (Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act) by allowing medical marijuana licensees to submit Annual Financial Statements once every three years rather than every year. The new three-year calendar applies to annual financial statements submitted to both the State of Michigan and the local municipalitie(s) in which the licensee operates, and is effective immediately. Adult use licensees are still required to submit these financial statements annually.
Check out Act 119 as adopted here (PDF).ENACTED PUBLIC ACT 103 of 2021
On November 4, 2021 Governor Whitmer signed into law Public Act 103 (HB4295 & SB691), which amends the MMFLA (Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act) in the following ways:
It also prohibits the CRA from evaluating an applicant's suitability for a marijuana state operating license based on whether he or she had committed marijuana-related offenses with the exception of felonies involving the distribution of marijuana to a minor.
We supported this bill and are glad that Governor Whitmer signed it into law (which is effective immediately). You can check out the full text of Act 103 as adopted here (PDF).