Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

LANSING, MI--   The state has announced the price tag for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana: $6,000. 

It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to $5,000 that municipalities can charge for an application.

The fee is meant to cover the costs of a background investigation and processing the application.

Andrew Brisbo is with the state Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation. He says the background investigation is in-depth, which is why it costs so much.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state department that regulates medical marijuana will allow dispensaries to stay open while details get worked out about how licenses will be issued.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) originally considered giving marijuana shops until mid-December to close their doors – or risk not getting a license. Numerous patients and dispensary owners spoke out against the decision. They said it would hurt a patient’s ability to get their medication.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state of Michigan intends to allow large marijuana growers to apply for and be granted multiple licenses in a single location. 

The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, which is implementing medical marijuana regulations under a new state law, says the guidance issued Thursday is advisory and subject to change. The state intends to let potential licensees apply for multiple "stacked" class C grow licenses.

The class C license will allow growers to grow up to 1,500 marijuana plants.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Medical marijuana dispensaries need to close their doors or risk being denied a license – once the state starts issuing them.

On Tuesday the state’s licensing department gave the dispensaries a December 15th deadline. December 15th is also when the state board will start accepting applications for licenses.

Andrew Brisbo is with the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation. He said three months should be long enough for patients to find alternatives.