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Reps. Filler, Wilson introduce plan to modernize Michigan’s marijuana laws
RELEASE|July 2, 2024
Contact: Graham Filler

Legislation will remove duplicative regulations, boost Michigan businesses

State Reps. Graham Filler and Jimmie Wilson, Jr. today announced a new plan to modernize Michigan’s marijuana laws.

House Bills 5884-85 would merge the regulations for recreational adult-use and medical marijuana into the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and repeal the older medical marijuana law.

“Streamlining and simplifying these laws is a win for everyone involved – from businesses to patients to regulators,” said Filler, R-Duplain Township. “By modernizing the regulatory process, we can help businesses cut costs and increase efficiency.”

Currently, marijuana licensees in Michigan are regulated under two different state laws: the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, created by the Legislature in 2016 to oversee facility regulation and licensing, and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, passed by voters in 2018.

This dual regulatory system has created burdens for businesses as well as the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency. For example, marijuana licensees must renew both a medical and recreational license annually to grow, process, transport, or sell marijuana.

House Bills 5884-85 will reduce costs for businesses and improve government efficiency by requiring only one license per activity under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. The legislation would not make any changes to the established system for medical marijuana patients and caregivers under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008.

“This is about making Michigan an attractive and stable place for marijuana businesses to thrive,” said Wilson, D-Ypsilanti. “A single, cohesive regulatory framework will support our growing economy, ensure the safety and quality of marijuana products, and maintain access for medical marijuana patients. This is a forward-thinking approach that positions Michigan as a leader in the industry.”

House Bills 5884-85 were referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.


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