Michigan Medical Marijuana: 2016 Update
Michigan has enacted new laws that will affect medical marijuana businesses, patients, and caregivers. Governor Snyder announced that these changes to the 2008 Medical Marihuana Act a “solid framework” which will allow patients to safely procure and use medical marijuana.
- Public Act 281 creates the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to license and regulate the growth, processing, transport and provisioning. A new tax of dispensaries will be implemented along with a state licensing system and local governments will have control over the number and locations of dispensaries.
- Public Act 282 allows for non-combustible methods of consuming THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The law allows for THC-infused foods as well as lotions and other products.
- Public Act 283 creates a “seed-to-sale” tracking system to keep tabs on all medical marijuana products throughout the state.
Many of the new regulations go into effect December 20, 2016, 90 days after the bills were signed. Those wishing to obtain state operating licenses may apply in late 2017.
Due to the dramatic increase in medical marijuana usage (there are now over 200,000 patients statewide), the laws’ proponents claim these changes will better monitor the industry and protect end users. Because medical marijuana is still relatively new to Michigan, the practice has been somewhat unregulated and vague legislation has created a wide range of differing applications by courts. It is imperative that anyone operating an affected business, patients using prescription pot, and those providing care to patients consult regularly with an attorney who has expertise in the area of medical marijuana law. The landscape is quickly changing and failure to comply with new laws can lead to a loss in money, property, freedom, and license.
How We Can Help
These new laws are complicated and establish regulations not in place at the inception of the 2008 Medical Marihuana Act. Cultivators, processors, testing labs, transporters, and provisioning center will now be under intense scrutiny for compliance with the new law. Follow our blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Google+ page to stay updated on the implementation of these new laws and future changes. This new legislation covers many facets of the industry and it’s in your best interest to consult the experts. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have extensive experience with medical marijuana cases, stay current with the new laws, and carefully watch the ways in which courts are enforcing them. If you have been charged with a medical marijuana-related crime, anticipate being charged, or have questions you can rely on LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. for advice and representation. Call today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and an attorney experienced with medical marijuana laws and enforcement will contact you.