Governor Gretchen Whitmer through Executive Order 2019-7 eliminates the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board and the Medical Marihuana Advisory Panel in reorganization of the marijuana program.

Today, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2019-7 which reorganizes within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) a new Type 1 Agency named Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) with a gubernatorial appointed Executive Director. The Executive Director is subject to advice and consent of the Senate. The Executive Order will become effective April 30, 2019 unless disapproved by the Legislature.

The current Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) is abolished along with the Licensing Board and the Advisory Panel. All the authorities, powers, duties and functions and responsibilities of the Board and Advisory Panel are transferred to the new MRA.

It is yet unclear whether the new agency will alter the licensing, denials and appeal processes. In the coming weeks we will have more information on how the new MRA will handle the functions once assigned to the Board and Advisory Panel. We expect staff to remain the same.