With applications for medical marijuana dispensaries on the rise, Michigan state authorities have introduced rules that will guide the whole procedure of owning and operating these centers. This is so because every state passes its own unique laws that regulate consumption of the drug.
While some states have allowed both medicinal and recreational use of the drug, some like Michigan only permit its consumption on medical grounds. Therefore, there is a need for effective measures that will ensure consumption is strictly maintained within the requirements of the law.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Grower Guidelines
Just like patients who hold the medical marijuana cards, marijuana dispensaries and caregivers are also allowed to cultivate a number of marijuana plants to supply their patients.
Those interested in growing marijuana must, however, apply for a grower’s license at a fee before it starts cultivating.
A grower’s license permits the holder to:
~ Cultivate the allowable number of plants, harvest, and package for sale.
~ Grow a given number of plants depending on the license applied for. Growers license comes in three classes of A, B and C. The maximum allowable plants for class A is 500 followed by class B with 1000 and lastly class C which is allowed a maximum of 1500 plants.
Unlike the patient marijuana cards, licenses vary from city to city because of the fees paid to the respective city authorities. To successfully apply for a grower’s license in a particular city, one must be a resident of the Michigan state for at least two years continuously.
If an applicant had been in the recent past (within ten years) been convicted of crimes involving restricted substances, he or she is not eligible for a growers license.
Michigan Medical Marihuana Processor Guidelines
Once a grower has supplied marijuana, a processor will modify it into other forms particularly into marijuana substances that can then be provided to the dispensaries. The processors, just like the growers must also apply for a processing license at a fee.
The license allows them to:
~ Obtain marijuana from the growers for processing. Processing ordinarily involves extraction of useful substances from the raw marijuana and converting it into other acceptable forms.
~ Supply the dispensaries with required amounts of marijuana or its products for patients use. In some cases, however, the dispensaries (caregivers) may grow their marijuana depending on their needs. It’s still allowed by law though with restrictions on the number of plants per patient (usually 12 plants per patient).
The processor license just like the grower’s has similar thresholds. Applicant must have a clean criminal record particularly with regards to a controlled substance and be a resident of Michigan.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Provisioning center
Marijuana provision basically entails availing it to the patients who need it for their health conditions. This is mostly done through medical marijuana dispensaries established under law in states that have legalized its use for medical purposes. Establishing such a facility begins at a tender stage of identifying a location and proceeding to make the necessary applications pending issuance of a license.
A license is issued that permits the center to among other things:
~ Buy marijuana and its products from the processors
~ Sell marijuana to patients with medical marijuana cards and whose cases have been verified by qualified physicians.
Those who wish to operate these centers should have a clean criminal record and pass the resident threshold of at least two years continuously.
Michigan Medical Marihuana Secure Transporter Guidelines
Because of the now apparent chain of activities in these operations, transport facilities are also crucial. A secure transport system guided by almost similar guidelines that guard the growing, processing and provision of marijuana is also catered for in the by the law. A secure transporter is allowed to:
~ Transport marijuana from growers to processors and later after it has been processed to the medical dispensaries at a fee.
~ They are also allowed to store marijuana for a period in their security arrangements.
The transporter must obtain a secure transport license from the authorities for a fee. This license varies from city to city in Michigan because of their diverse administration systems.
Like in the other cases, a person applying for the transportation license must have been a resident in any city in Michigan for the last two continuous years. He or she must also have a clean criminal record especially with regards to controlled substances.
These guidelines are essential for monitoring production and consumption of marihuana. The drug might have some adverse effects, but through these guidelines, we can maximize on the medical uses.