Michigan sets up new bureau to regulate recreational, medicinal marijuana

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LANSING (WJRT) (12/6/2018) - The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has set up a new bureau dedicated to all aspects of medicinal and recreational marijuana use in the state.

The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation officially was created Thursday, when recreational possession and use of marijuana became legal under Michigan law.

The existing functions of the Michigan medical marihuana program were merged into the new bureau. It will focus on managing the 2008 Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, 2016 Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and 2018 Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

State officials say managing and regulating all forms of marijuana use in a single bureau is rare among other states with legalized marijuana.

“While many other states have various licensing, regulation, and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies, BMR will keep marijuana-related services in one place in order to best enhance consumer protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers,” said Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Shelly Edgerton.

Along with the change, the state website has a new portal for residents to find information and resources for all forms of legalized marijuana use. See Related Links on the right side of this story for the site.

In addition, the State of Michigan has launched a new marijuana-related website for Michiganders to find helpful information and get resources. It includes links to marijuana facilities, registry card application information, health effects and more.

The new Bureau of Marijuana Regulation already has started creating a framework for licensing commercial marijuana businesses. That will involve creating licensing, investigation and enforcement of recreational marijuana growers, processors, secure transporters, retailers, safety compliance facilities and micro-businesses.

The new regulations will be complete and applications for commercial marijuana business licenses will be available within a year.

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