Open a Dispensary in Michigan


Summary of Marijuana Laws

On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters passed Proposal 1, making it the first state in the Midwest to authorize a recreational marijuana market.
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.


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 medical marijuana license application. Proposal 1 assigns responsibility for licensing and regulating recreational medical marijuana businesses to LARA as well.


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. With the legalization of adult-use marijuana in November 2018, these values will only increase.


Recreational Marijuana License Types

Proposal 1 mandates that Michigan’s LARA establish, award, and regulate the following recreational marijuana license types:

  • Marijuana retailer
  • Marijuana safety compliance facility
  • Marijuana secure transporter
  • Marijuana processor
  • Marijuana microbusiness
  • Class A marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 100
    marijuana plants
  • Class B marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 500
    marijuana plants
  • Class C marijuana grower authorizing cultivation of not more than 2,000
    marijuana plants

Medical Marijuana License Types

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


Content updated November 7, 2018.