The Senate in Michigan recently passed a series of bills inaugurating the implementation of the licensing process for the State’s new medical marijuana program. While this move left many grassroots organizers who had been pushing for a more progressive adult use initiative to be placed on the November ballot angry and disgruntled, the bills—HB4209, HB4210 and HB4827—will nonetheless remedy a majority of the complications that were created when Proposal I was passed in 2008.
For the first time, the State will license and allow the distribution of medical cannabis to qualifying patients. This means that qualifying patients will no longer need to cultivate their own medicine, but can now purchase it from a dispensary that has been licensed by the State. The series of bills also legalizes the distribution and consumption of medical marijuana concentrates and other marijuana infused products, opening up the market potential to a wider range of business-minded entrepreneurs.
Prospective applicants will need to procure local licenses and permits, and may work with their local governments in order to begin this process.