The state of Michigan legalized both adult-use and medical cannabis. Persons 21 years and older may purchase and possess cannabis, while registered patients have access to medical cannabis. Access to cannabis is through state licensed businesses that are allowed to grow, manufacture and sell cannabis.
Learn more about how to get a Michigan marijuana business license or schedule a complimentary consultation with our licensing expert, below.
When to Apply
NUMBER OF MICHIGAN MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES AVAILABLE
Both medical and adult-use marijuana business licenses are available in Michigan. The number of marijuana business licenses available are subject to each local municipality (city, township, borough, county) and its local ordinances. Local governments will be allowed to regulate the number and types of licenses allowed to operate within their jurisdiction. Types of licenses allowed include the following:
Adult-Use Marijuana Business Licenses
Michigan Adult-Use Grower’s License: a grower license authorizes the licensee to cultivate, dry, trim, or cure and package marihuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center. A grower is authorized to grow no more than the following number of marihuana plants under the indicated license class:
- Class A – 500 plants
- Class B – 1,000 plants
- Class C – 1,500 plants
Michigan Adult-Use Processor’s License: a licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marijuana from a grower and extracts resin from the marihuana or creates marihuana infused product for sale and transfer in packaged form to a provisioning center.
Michigan Adult-Use Secure Transporter License: a licensee that is a commercial entity that stores marihuana and transports marihuana between marihuana facilities for a fee.
Michigan Adult-Use Provisioning Center’s License: a licensee that is a commercial entity that purchases marihuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies, or provides marihuana to registered qualifying patients, directly or through registered primary caregivers.
Michigan Adult-Use Safety Compliance Facility’s License: a licensee that is a commercial entity that receives marihuana from a marihuana facility and tests it for contaminants and for tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
Michigan Medical Marijuana Grower: can grow marijuana plants and sell wholesale to other licensed Michigan Medical Marijuana Businesses.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Manufacturer: can extract, process, and produce marijuana products such as edibles, concentrates, tinctures, etc. and sell to medical marijuana provisioning centers (dispensaries).
Michigan Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center (Dispensary): can purchase marijuana from licensed cultivation and manufacturing facilities and sell medical marijuana to qualifying patients with a valid medical marijuana card.
HOW TO START A MARIJUANA BUSINESS IN MICHIGAN
To operate a marijuana business in Michigan, you will need the following plans:
- Security Plan
- Environmental Impact Plan
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance Plan
- Business Plan
- Financial Plan
- Community Benefits Plan
- Research Plan
- Cultivation, Manufacturing and/or Dispensing Plan
- Labor Compliance Plan
- Staffing and Training Plan
Schedule for a complimentary 15-min consult with our licensing/application expert to learn more about how we may be able to assist you.
MICHIGAN MARIJUANA TIMELINE
2008 – Michigan legalized medical cannabis
2017 – State began accepting applications for medical marihuana facilities
2018 – Michigan legalized adult-use cannabis
2019 – First Michigan cannabis business opened for adult-use sales
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