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Michigan Medical Marihuana

Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), 2016

Gov. Snyder signed medical marihuana legislation to regulate dispensaries and clarify the legality of edible products in Michigan. The new law will allow licensed dispensaries to operate in communities that choose to allow them. Growers, processers, testing facilities, and transporters will also be licensed and regulated.

The MMFLA took effect Dec. 20, 2016—however it includes an additional delay in implementation of 360 days to enable the state to establish the licensing system required by the Act. A person cannot apply to the state for a license of any kind under the MMFLA until December 15, 2017. And, no one can apply to the state for a license of any kind under the MMFLA unless a municipality adopts an ordinance authorizing that type of facility.

MMFLA Resources:

Michigan Municipal League Fact Sheet: Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act

Michigan Municipal League Fact Sheet: Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act Q&A

Governor Appoints MMFLA State Licensing Board (State of MI Press Release; May 26, 2017))

"New Act Clears the Smoke around Licensing Issues,” Michigan Municipal League Review, Nov/Dec 2016

House Fiscal Analysis

Senate Fiscal Analysis

State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs FAQs - updated 9-29-17

The Economic Impact of a Strong Regulatory Framework for Medical Marijuana in Michigan, (Dr. Gary Wolfram, President of Hillsdale Policy Group, Ltd.; William E. Simon, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Director of Economics at Hillsdale College, February 2016)

Opt In Sample Ordinances/Resolutions:

Buchanan, HRC (pop. 4,456); Resolution – intent to opt-in to MMFLA

Niles, HRC, (pop. 11,600); Resolution – intent to opt-in to MMFLA


Sample MMFLA opt-in ordinance, generic municipal

Bessemer, HRC (pop. 1,905); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Breedsville, GLV (pop. 199); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Chesaning, GLV, (pop. 2,394); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Clare, HRC (pop. 3,118); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Eau Claire, GLV, (pop 625); MMFLA opt-in ordinance, zoning amendment ordinance

Hazel Park, HRC, (pop. 16,422); opt-in ordinance

Lansing, HRC (pop. 114,297); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Marshall, HRC (pop. 7,088); MMFLA opt-in ordinance

Webberville, GLV (pop. 1,272); MMFLA opt-in ordinance


Opt Out Sample Ordinances/Resolutions

Monroe, HRC, (pop. 20,733); not authorizing MMFLA facilities

Norton Shores, HRC (pop. 23,994); prohibiting MMFLA facilities

Potterville, HRC (pop. 2,617); not authorizing MMFLA facilities


Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), 2008


In 2016, there were

· 148.908 applications for medical marihuana registry identification cards were filed

· 218,556 qualifying patients and 38,107 primary caregivers

·1 registry identification card was revoked

· 1,758 physicians provided written certification for qualifying medical marihuana patients

MDCH keeps a confidential list of the individuals to whom it has issued cards, which is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

In November 2008, Michigan voters passed a referendum to enable certain specified persons to legally obtain, possess, cultivate/grow, use, and distribute marijuana. The "Medical Marihuana Act" went into effect on December 4, 2008.

Ter Beek Supreme Court Ruling (Feb. 6, 2014) A local ordinance cannot prohibit the usage of medical marihuana in Michigan by claiming cover under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Ter Beek v Wyoming amicus brief filed by the Michigan Municipal League’s Legal Defense Fund Board on behalf of the city of Wyoming.

McQueen Supreme Court Ruling
This ruling limits medical marihuana sales to caregiver to patient, prohibiting patient to patient sales.

MMMA Resources:

Michigan Attorney General's Formal Opinion Issued June 28, 2011

A Local Government View of the MMMA by Gerald A. Fisher, Consultant

The "Medical Marihuana Act"

Department of Community Health Administrative Rules, effective April 4, 2009

State of Michigan "Medical Marihuana Program" (MMMP)

State of Michigan "Medical Marihuana Q&A"

State of Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association PowerPoint (PDF)

Video on Pre-Con Education Session: Medical Marihuana Act and Your Community




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