MICHIGAN MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES

No licenses are currently available but the new State of Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board will have until December 15, 2017 to begin creating and accepting applications for one of five different licenses. There is nothing preventing a potential applicant from setting up the basic elements of a business and waiting for applications to be available for marijuana licenses.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR WHEN MICHIGAN MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSES BECOME AVAILABLE?

Before applying for a Michigan Marijuana Business License (when it becomes available), you will need to 1. Be a resident in the State of Michigan as defined in Public Acts 281-283; 2. Select your business entity (Sole Proprietorship, LLC, Corporation, etc…) 3. Find a municipality that will “opt-in” to the MMFLA; 4. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) & 5. Acquire a Seller’s Permit.

PREPARING FOR MICHIGAN MARIJUANA BUSINESS (THE BIG PICTURE)

  1. Be prepared to show the State of Michigan that you know how to run a medical marijuana business
    1. If you are already a business owner in Michigan before, it will help. However, learn all of the “ins & outs” of your business so you can qualify when you apply. Some States are utilizing a “point system” that could potentially rank you above or below other applicants. So be very careful how you operate your business.
  2. Be prepared to show the State of Michigan that you know how to run a medical marijuana business
    1. Whatever is your type of marijuana license, be it caregiver/dispensary, secured transport, testing facility/laboratory or manufacturing of infused edibles, continue it legally as required by the law and state procedures. Do not be found to violate any law because it will work against you when you apply for the new licenses.
  3. Get to know government representatives/people in the area you plan to operate
    1. Officials such as city council and others are good people to know and there is always a possibility they may put in a good word for you when you apply for a marijuana business license or be helpful in a municipality that you are courting to “opt-in” with the MMFLA.
  4. Stay out of legal trouble, including bankruptcies and lawsuits
    1. Moral character plays a key role in obtaining a Michigan Medical Marijuana business license. Do not play games, take liberties or do anything to jeopardize your good character. This includes DUIs or any misdemeanor.
  5. Obtain a license from the city/municipality in which you want to operate
    1. This aspect still needs additional qualification and clarification. There very well will be more benefits if you own a location. If you are leasing a location, you will realize that it will cost a lot more money until and when marijuana licensing becomes available. Before the State of Michigan will even consider granting an application you must have a license from that particular municipality. Normally, city/municipal licenses range from $1,000.00 – $10,000.00, but under the MMFLA a municipality is capped out at $5,000.00 for the license fee. Please keep in mind that this does not preclude other inspection and/or permit fees that may be required under a particular municipality.

It is imperative to consult with a Michigan marijuana business lawyer regarding the timing of applying for a license in a specific municipality if that municipality has decided to “opt-in” and participate in the MMFLA. It is also important to note that ever municipality has different needs. There are several areas in Michigan that are purely agriculture in nature and more than likely would not have a dispensary (or any commercial business) in its master plan. Example: rural areas may allow marijuana grow licenses, but not dispensaries.