Open a Dispensary in Michigan

Summary of Marijuana Laws

In 2016, Michigan passed a series of bills (HB4209, HB4210, and HB4827, collectively the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act or MMFLA) implementing a medical marijuana licensing process and authorizing a commercial, regulated system. This provided an additional source of medicine for medical marijuana patients who previously had to cultivate their own, under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (Proposal I) of 2008.


Under the new system, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) began accepting medical marijuana license applications on December 15, 2017. There is no deadline to complete the application.


With over 240,000 patients authorized to use medical marijuana in the state as of 2016, Michigan’s patient population is second only to California. ArcView projects that Michigan will have $556 million in sales by 2020, becoming the third-largest grossing cannabis industry in the nation, only behind California and Colorado. Legalization of marijuana for adult use is a prospect for November 2018, contributing to the market potential.


As of June 13, 2018, Michigan had processed 546 pre-qualification applications and over 150 facility license applications. Available license opportunities include:


Content updated July 17, 2018.