LARA Embraces “Marijuana” Spelling, Announces Bureau to Regulate
(LARA, Dec. 6, 2018)
Lansing, MI- With the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (Proposal 1) becoming state law today, the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced that the regulation of adult-use marijuana has been added to the newly-renamed Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR).
Michigan is a model for citizen safety and business efficiency by having all marijuana-related regulation handled by a single government entity. BMR combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry and medical marijuana facility licensing with the newly established statutory requirements of adult-use marijuana (commonly referred to as recreational marijuana).
“BMR’s organizational structure shows Michigan is continuing to lead when it comes to state marijuana licensing and regulation,” said LARA Director Shelly Edgerton. “While many other states have various licensing, regulation, and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies, BMR will keep marijuana-related services in one place in order to best enhance consumer protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers.”
In conjunction with the renamed bureau – and in an effort to improve consistency among consumers, industry stakeholders, and other government agencies – LARA has embraced the common spelling of marijuana. All legal documents and references to statutes will continue to use the spelling in the state’s legal code – marihuana.
In addition, the State of Michigan has launched a new marijuana-related website for Michiganders to find helpful information and get resources. The new website – www.michigan.gov/marijuana – brings together information from multiple state departments and includes links to medical marijuana facilities, registry card application information, health effects, and more.
BMR is in the process of implementing the regulatory framework created by the initiated law passed by Michigan voters on November 6, 2018. Regulatory functions include the licensing, investigation, and enforcement of adult-use marijuana growers, processors, secure transporters, retailers, safety compliance facilities, and micro-businesses. The new law requires BMR to make licensing applications available by December 6, 2019.