This week Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) has implemented changes to lower cannabis industry license application fees and remove license renewal fee tiers.

The rule reduces fees for cannabis licenses from $6,000 to $3,000 and also removes renewal fee tiers for both medical and adult-use licenses.

New and renewal licensees must now have cannabis liability insurance and Class A cannabis microbusinesses can now buy cannabis concentrates or cannabis-infused products directly from processors.

The state has also created an adult-use education and research license. The new license type is valid for one year and does not carry an application fee, license fee, or a renewal charge; however, license holders must be registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The MRA has also made steps to free up the movement of cannabis prior to final safety testing within the Michigan market and has made “significant changes” to how cannabis is tested. Product slated for destruction must be destroyed within 90 days.

The new rules also allow curbside or drive-through services at cannabis shops, depending on local approval. The MRA also updated the labeling rules for cannabis concentrates and edibles.

The MRA proposed these changes in September 2021.

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