Michigan’s Adult-Use Marijuana application forms have been released. With the opening of the applications window November 1st MMFLA licensees can now prepare to apply for Adult-Use Marijuana establishment licenses. Like the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) process, this is a 2-step application. Step 1 is prequalification, Step 2 is the Marijuana Establishment License Application which includes: Marijuana Establishment, Designated Consumption, Excess Marijuana Grower and Marijuana Event Organizer.
Applying for Michigans’ adult-use marijuana establishment licenses will be a time-sensitive process. Michigan Regulation and Taxaxtion of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) requires that license determination (licensure or denial) be made within 90 days of receiving a complete application. What that means is once the complete application (Step 1 and Step 2 plus the $6,000 application fee) is submitted the facility will have to be ready for inspection within 90 days, or even better, ready when the Step 2 application is submitted. All deficiencies and information requests from Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will have to be answered within 5 days. Failure to respond timely may result in denial.
Medical Marijuana Facility Licensee applicants have recently been vetted by the state; thus, they will only be responsible for completing an abbreviated prequalification application consisting of pages 1-9 of the Step 1 application packet. These pages consist of the license type, demographic information, and the necessary required attestations. There is no requirement to produce financial statements or a CPA attestation showing minimum capitalization, both have been eliminated for these MRTMA applicants. In addition, Supplemental Applicants will not have to re-complete the prequalification process. On the other hand, New Establishment applicants (Microbusiness and Class A Grower) will be responsible for submitting a full application, pages 1-16, including all entity documentation, Regulation Documents, Tax Compliance, Criminal History (Supplemental and Sole Proprietor) and Litigation History, like the existing MMFLA application requirements.
The much-discussed and heralded Social Equity Program has been introduced giving residents of 41 communities (which have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement) an opportunity to have the fees associated with applying for and running a Marijuana Establishment reduced by up to 60 percent. Social Equity applicants will also have access to resources such as attorneys, accountants and architects to guide them through the licensing process and facility build-out. Social Equity Representatives will confirm eligibility for participation in this program through the acceptance of several forms of documentation.
Information on the application forms and process can be found in the MRA’s 106-page Application Instruction Booklet. We encourage you to become familiar with the form applicable to your intended license type. That will assist us in helping you through this regulatory process to licensure.
If you need help or have questions and you review Michigan’s adult-use marijuana forms, contact our office and we’ll be happy to help.