The state of Michigan is the first to have a multi-purpose marijuana establishment, a brand new medical marijuana center in Lansing. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that this new establishment is permitted to grow, process and retail medicinal marijuana all in the same center.

Last year the Michigan Senate passed a legislation to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and other forms of the plant like oils and edibles. However, many questions were raised to the departmental ruling process, including whether or not growing, processing, and vending were permissible all in one place.

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) they announced the approval of all-in-one marijuana centers being that certain requirements are met.

As per the advisory bulletin on their website the provisions are as follows:

• For each license assigned to the same location, the facility must have separate working areas, separate entrances and exits, separate point of sale operations (if applicable), and separate record keeping systems. Each entity’s license must be posted on the wall in its distinct working area.
• The municipality in which the facility is located must not have passed local ordinance or zoning regulations limiting the operation of co-located licenses.

• The licensee is compliant with all local and state regulations regarding building inspection, fire safety, and public health standards.

• The Department has specifically authorized the licensees to operate at the same location.
Although the three branches are now able to operate in one physical location, each grower, processor and vendor “will require its own separate application, regulatory assessment, and license.”

This is good news for Michigan’s medical marijuana patients being that just a week ago the state gave the dispensaries an ultimatum to shut down by December 15th or face the risk of not receiving a license under the new regulatory system. Currently, patients are either required to grow their own plants or get them from licensed caregivers. The state’s new Medical Marijuana Licensing Board begins to accept new nonrefundable applications on December 15th valued between $4,000 and $8,000.

All parties in the medical marijuana industry have been irritated with the state’s strict policy. The new rules for the all-in-one center should resolve at least some of the annoyance between all parties.

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