Michigan Cannabis Law Attorneys

Working With Growers, Processors. & Retail Cannabis Businesses
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Michigan Cannabis Lawyers

WHETHER YOU ARE A GROWER, PROCESSOR, OR RETAIL CANNABUSINESS, WE CAN HELP YOU GET STARTED

If you’re an entrepreneur or investor looking to stake your claim in an emerging market, cannabis may be an attractive option. However, before you take the plunge, you should become acquainted with the state laws and regulations that make “cannabusinesses” possible in Michigan.

Whenever you start a new business, you need to find out what steps to take to establish the groundwork. In other words, you need to acquire the appropriate licenses, fill out the right paperwork, and make sure the legality of your business is firmly, properly established. However, doing this alone can be next to impossible. In order to ensure your business has everything it needs to survive and thrive, make sure you discuss your plans with our cannabis attorneys.

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WHY CHOOSE GREWAL LAW?

When you work with our firm, you can rest easy knowing our team of medical marijuana lawyers has the experience necessary to help you. We are familiar with the local and state laws and we can work with you to ensure your business has its best chance.

PROPER LICENSING FOR CANNABIS BUSINESSES

Thanks to the enactment of the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA), Michigan has paved the way for entrepreneurs to pursue medical and recreational cannabis businesses.

Understanding Cannabis Law

Due to the language of Michigan’s recreational cannabis law, those seeking to operate a recreational cannabis business will have to first obtain licensing on the medical side before they will be able to transition to a recreational business, with some minor exceptions. By and large, most entrepreneurs looking to operate a cannabis business will have to first secure licensure to operate a medical cannabis business before transitioning over to a recreational license.

Michigan law has also created a path for licensure for those interested in cultivating industrial hemp—a variety of the cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC and is widely cultivated as a primary source for cannabidiol (CBD). The legalization of industrial hemp provides additional opportunities for farmers, entrepreneurs, and investors looking to diversify with cannabis.

Contact Grewal Law PLLC

If you’re interested in learning more about the application process for any of these licenses, contact the cannabis law attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC. The cannabis market presents a unique investment opportunity to be a part of a newly legalized industry with an already established customer base. Our cannabis law division is here to assist you with any questions that you may have to start your own licensed cannabis business.

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Grewal Law is a family-owned and operated nationally recolonized law firm. We offer peace of mind to individuals and entitles facing legal challenges by providing trusted and dedicated legal counseling, advocacy, and resources. We treat people we encounter with empathy, dignity, and compassion. Our reputation for achieving outstanding results is a product of our unique and extensive experience serving our community and our relentless commitment to excellence. 

STARTING A CANNABIS BUSINESS IN MICHIGAN

n order to obtain the correct licensing in accordance with the MMFLA, and to maintain a respected, lawful business, you need the help of an experienced cannabis lawyer. If you are ready to figure out the next step, our firm is here to provide the guidance and legal advisement you need.

CONSIDER THE EXPENSE

The licensing process can be expensive. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has established the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) to handle all matters related to commercial cannabis business licensing.

The MRA has established two different categories of fees at the state level for medical marijuana businesses:

The MRA has also established capitalization requirements for all potential applicants. According to the MRA, all applicants must submit CPA-attested financial statements to meet the following capitalization requirements:

  • Growers:
    • Class A - $150,000 ($37,500 in liquid assets)
    • Class B - $300,000 ($75,000 in liquid assets)
    • Class C - $500,000 ($125,000 in liquid assets)
  • Processors - $300,000 ($75,000 in liquid assets)
  • Provisioning Centers - $300,000 ($75,000 in liquid assets)
  • Secure Transporter - $200,000 ($50,000 in liquid assets)
  • Safety Compliance Facility - $200,000 ($50,000 in liquid assets)

In addition to the requirements above, applicants will also have to pay a licensing fee to the local municipality where their business will be located. This fee cannot exceed $5,000 annually.

BE PREPARED FOR THE BACKGROUND CHECK

Each investor who owns at least 10% of the applying business will have to disclose a comprehensive set of documents as part of the background investigation. These documents typically span several hundred to several thousand pages, depending on the investor and their financial history.

These required documents include:

  • Tax Returns
  • Bank Statements
  • Loan Statements
  • Criminal Records
  • Commercial Licensing Documents

THE APPLICATION PROCESS TAKES TIME

The application process can be quite intensive overall. In order to protect their interests and get through the process quickly, applicants will need a team of professionals on their side. When you work with a professional attorney and other cannabis legal experts, it can help ensure you meet the rigorous and stringent licensing standards established by the state and local government. Most applicants will require the services of an attorney, an architect, a CPA, a commercial real estate agent, and licensed contractors.

ADULT USE (RECREATIONAL) CANNABIS BUSINESSES

With Michigan voters’ enactment of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) in November 2018, Michigan is poised to begin accepting applications for commercial businesses that seek to cultivate, manufacture, and sell cannabis for recreational use to those who are at least 21 years old.

Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) began accepting applications for Adult Use Cannabis businesses on November 1, 2019. If you are interested in pursuing a license, contact our office for an introductory consultation. Please keep in mind that with the exception of the Microbusiness and the 100 plant Grower license, Michigan law requires that the business first be licensed for medical marijuana before the business can transition to recreational sales.

MICHIGAN BEGAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING LICENSES ON NOVEMBER 1, 2019:

  • Grower
    • Class A – 100 plants
    • Class B – 500 plants
    • Class C – 2,000 plants
  • Processor
  • Retailer
  • Secure Transporter
  • Safety Compliance Facility
  • Microbusiness

IN ADDITION, THE MRA HAS AUTHORIZED THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL SPECIAL LICENSE TYPES:

If you’re interested in learning more about the application process for any of these licenses, contact the cannabis law attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC. The cannabis market presents a unique investment opportunity to be a part of a newly legalized industry with an already established customer base. Our cannabis law division is here to assist you with any questions that you may have to start your own dispensary.