LARA provides updates to Medical Marijuana Facilities license applicants

LANSING — The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released information this week to inform and advise medical marijuana license applicants regarding recent legislative updates and advisory bulletins.

2018 Public Act 10 (HB 5144) amended the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) to update certain procedures. It added protections for CPAs and financial institutions working with licensees while streamlining the process for municipalities to authorize marijuana facilities. 2018 PA 10 clarifies permissible transfers between licensees and when the use of secure transporters is required.

2018 PA 10 also amends section 505 of the MMFLA to authorize a safety compliance facility to collect a random sample of marijuana at a marijuana facility of a grower, processor, or provisioning center for testing without using a secure transporter.

Under “Rule 32” of the Emergency Administrative Rules, a safety compliance facility must physically collect samples of marijuana product from another marijuana facility to be tested at the safety compliance facility. The sample size collected must be sufficient to complete all analysis required and reasonably assure that the test results are defensible.

The Department Approved Pesticide Chemical List Technical Bulletin released the approved pesticide chemical list – in accordance with the MMFLA and the Emergency Rules – and the standards to which the pesticide chemical residue will be compared.

This information does not constitute legal advice, is subject to change, and is intended to provide clarification only as to LARA’s Emergency Administrative Rules and 2018 PA 10. Licensees are encouraged to seek legal counsel to ensure their operations comply with the MMFLA, as amended, and the associated Emergency Administrative Rules.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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