Marijuana licensees in Michigan must adhere to statutory mandates established by the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and regulations promulgated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (“MRA”). One such requirement, as discussed in a recent MRA bulletin, is having a properly functioning surveillance system in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at all licensee locations.
In April, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman issued a temporary restraining barring Detroit officials from receiving any more marijuana business applications. On June 17, Judge Friedman again ruled in favor of the plaintiff by issuing a preliminary injunction halting Detroit’s recreational marijuana licensing program indefinitely.
On May 18, 2021, the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee unanimously approved a package of bills, including House Bill 4517, requiring hemp-derived delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol to be regulated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.
Effective March 1, 2021, applicants for multiple classes of adult-use marijuana (i.e., recreational marijuana) licenses are no longer required to hold an active medical marijuana permit to be eligible.
The process of establishing criteria for businesses seeking marijuana licenses, and reviewing business applications for licenses, is complex. And unsurprisingly, in many municipalities across Michigan, the licensing process has led to significant and costly litigation.
A tax provision that blocks marijuana companies from claiming federal business tax deductions is constitutional ruled the U.S. Tax Court on October 23rd. Northerner California Small Business Assistants, Inc. v Commissioner, 153 TC No. 4 (No. 26889-16, October 23, 2019). […]