Michigan cannabis regulators rolled out nine sets of draft rules impacting everything from product testing to business agreements. The rules, proposed on July 21, now enter a lengthy process before that will likely result in their final approval some time in the fall.

The rules proposed by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) can be found here, and by entering “Marihuana” in the search box. 

The Michigan rulemaking process requires MRA to conduct a public meeting for comment and then for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rulemaking to review the rules before final versions are approved. Dates for neither the public meeting or a JCAR review have been set.

The proposed rules include:

  • New lab testing requirements and lab quality assurance procedures.
  • Requirements for all expired products to be destroyed.
  • Specified limits on employee samples.
  • New rules on financial records business operators must maintain and a requirement to maintain written Standard Operating Procedures.
  • New rules for drive-thru or curbside pickup, referred to by MRA as “contactless or limited-contact pickup”.
  • Company equity ownership of 2.5%, rather than 5% must now be disclosed in license application.
  • Creation of Class A microbusinesses with up to 300 mature plants and educational research licenses.
  • Rules that limit business operation agreements so that if an agreement results in transferring more than 10% of annual profit, the receiving party would be considered a licensee and have to be listed as such on the license.
  • New disciplinary rules for disallowing individuals from working at cannabis businesses

Editor Mike is a co-founder and the editor of Grown In, a U.S. national cannabis industry newsletter and training company. His career has taken him from Capitol Hill to Chicago City Hall, from...