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Overview of the new recreational marijuana rules by LARA

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has issued emergency administrative rules for the purpose of implementing the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the emergency rules enable the MRA to fully implement the marijuana proposal that Michigan voters approved in 2018.

“The release of the rules today provides local municipalities and prospective licensees with the information they need to decide how they want to participate in this new industry,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “Since we plan to start taking business applications Nov. 1, stakeholders will have four months to evaluate these rules and make their decisions. These rules set Michigan’s marijuana industry on a path for success while ensuring safety for marijuana consumers.”

Designed to allow prospective licensees to operate under clear requirements, the emergency rules are effective today and will remain in effect for six months. The emergency rules may be extended once for not more than six months. The rules are intended to ensure a fair and efficient regulatory structure for Michigan businesses as well as access to safety-tested marijuana for Michigan’s citizens and visitors.

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