The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has issued the emergency rules for recreational marijuana today. The promulgation of rules is required per the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) passed by voters last November. The rules provide municipalities and prospective licensees with the framework in which to operate if they choose to participate in the recreational marijuana industry.
MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo has stated the agency plans to start accepting license applications November 1, 2019. The agency is hoping the four-month period between issuing the rules and accepting applications will give municipalities the needed time to make decisions whether they want to allow marijuana businesses in their communities. If a municipality doesn’t have an ordinance in place that prohibits such businesses, the MRA is obligated to issue a license to any qualifying business that applies for a marijuana business license.
Upon the League’s quick, initial review of the rules, it appears the following are applicable to municipalities or municipal ordinances. Please note, this may not be an exhaustive list.
Rule 8 – Application requirements
Rule 9 – State license issuance, qualifications, ineligibility
Rule 11 – Marihuana establishment plan
Rule 14 – Denial of state license
Rule 15 – Renewal of state license
Rule 16 – Notifications and reporting
Rule 19 – Persons subject to penalty, violations
Rule 22 – Changes to licensed marihuana establishment
Rule 28 – Marihuana secure transporter license
Rule 31 – Operation at same location
Rule 32 – Equivalent licenses, operations at same location
Rule 33 – Marihuana establishments, general requirements