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Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Legislation

Posted on October 11, 2016 by Dene Westbrook

The Governor signed medical marijuana legislation into law on Sept. 21, which sets the framework to regulate commercial marijuana facilities. Local municipalities choosing to allow for one or more types of the five different facilities can opt in by adopting an authorizing ordinance. If a municipality does not want any type of marijuana facility, they don’t have to take any actions.

Beginning 360 days after the effective date of PA 281, a person may apply for a license. The licensing board will be created within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The legislation does not put a time frame on local municipalities to have their authorizing ordinance in place, if they so choose.

The League, working with Dickinson Wright, has put together a one page fact sheet. Click here to review the fact sheet.

Jennifer Rigterink is a legislative associate for the League handling economic development, land use and municipal services issues.  She can be reached at jrigterink@mml.org or 517-908-0305.

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