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State Needs A Little More Time To Release Official Rules On Medical Marijuana Licenses

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The state plans to release the official rules to get a license to grow, sell, or transport medical marijuana next week. 

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has already tentatively released some rules.  Those include letting people grow, process and sell marijuana all in one facility.   

“The department has been working diligently over the last several months to promulgate emergency administrative rules which are needed to enable us to fully implement the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act,” said Andrew Brisbo of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Other potential rules involves the cost of getting into the medical marijuana business.  Applications are expected to cost $6,000.  Depending on the type of license, people will also have to show they have upwards of $150,000 in liquid assets.

“These rules are intended to ensure a fair and efficient regulatory structure for Michigan businesses as well as access to safety, tested, medical marijuana qualifying patients,” said Brisbo.

These are interim rules, so they won’t be set in stone.  But they will be used when the application process opens December 15th.         

The department originally planned to release the rules before Thanksgiving.  It now plans to have the rules out next week.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at

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