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How To Apply For A Cannabis Retail License In Michigan

LARA must accept applications for recreational licenses no later than Dec 9

After becoming the 10th state to legalize recreational cannabis in November 2018, Michigan’s marijuana market is heating up. Patients across the Great Lake State are obtaining their medical marijuana cards while government regulators are busily drafting the rules for the recreational cannabis market, slated to open January 1, 2020.Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is the agency in charge of issuing licenses to cannabis operators. Currently, retail licenses are only available for medical marijuana dispensaries, which in Michigan are called “provisioning centers.”

Under Michigan’s marijuana dispensary laws, LARA must begin accepting applications for recreational cannabis retail licenses no later than December 6, 2019. However, the legislation also states that only those already licensed to sell medical marijuana will be authorized to apply for a recreational retail license; this stipulation will remain in effect for the first two years of recreational cannabis retail licensing.

This means that, for those interested in retailing recreational cannabis in Michigan, the only way to get in the game is by obtaining a medical marijuana provisioning center license.


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