On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the State of Michigan formally announced the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. Contained within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, popularly known as LARA, the new Bureau brings together oversight of the patient and caregiver registry under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act with the new regulatory structure of the Medical Facilities Licensing Act. The Bureau is helmed by Andrew Brisbo, most recently the Director of LARA’s Licensing Division.

LARA today also announced that the State has chosen Franwell, Inc., to operate the “seed-to-sale” monitoring and tracking program required for participants in the State’s new medical marihuana regulatory framework. Franwell’s Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Regulatory Compliance system, or “METRC,” is also used in Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

Notably, the State has still not announced appointees to the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Board. LARA is required to consult with that Board in promulgating rules for the industry. With only 8 months until the State is required to begin accepting license applications, the fact that the Board has not yet been appointed makes it highly likely that the State will need to adopt emergency rules.

LARA’s announcement regarding the new Bureau may be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571-409429--,00.html

As the State continues to move forward with developing a regulated system for medical marihuana, check back with the Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.