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Cannabis Licenses Carry High Capitalization Costs

As has long been suspected, the state announced last week that those seeking licenses from the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) beginning in December will undergo an evaluation of their capitalization. In other words, the state intends to evaluate an applicant’s ability to operate and maintain a marijuana facility.The advisory from the state comes ahead of the implementatio

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can Continue to Operate

After more than two months of mixed signals, current medical marijuana users in Michigan will be relieved to hear that the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) will not force existing dispensaries to close prior to the implementation of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) next month. The announcement comes after an uproar of complaints from medical marijuana pa

Michigan Medical Marijuana Bureau Offers Wave of New Info on Expected Regulations

The bits and pieces of information medical marijuana advocates and business interests have longed for from the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) are trickling with increasing frequency. The BMMR, which is implementing the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), announced guidance on a number of fronts for all applicants ahead of December 15th – the date

Kim Sveska Presents: The Opioid Epidemic: What Happens to Health Care Professionals “Breaking Bad”

FBMJ’s attorney, Kim Sveska, was a featured speaker at the Sparrow 4th Annual Pain Symposium on September 28, 2017 at the Eagle Eye Conference Center in Bath, Michigan. Sveska’s presentation titled “The Opioid Epidemic – What Happens to Health Care Professionals ‘Breaking Bad’” discussed the new, aggressive approach that Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LA

Michigan Medical Marijuana Bureau to Use Two-step Application Process to Move Things Along

Those seeking permits under Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) will be required to go through a two-step application process – pre-qualification and license qualification. The process, to be administered through the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR), will begin accepting applications on December 15, 2017. The good news here is for those applicant

FBMJ’s Rx Attorney, Sveska, Featured Speaker at MPA Five-Live Event

FBMJ pharmacist attorney, Kim Sveska, presented at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) / Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians’ Five-Live Continuing Education Event on September 16, 2017 in Flint, MI. Sveska presented a pharmacy law update which included the ever-increasing number of pharmacy audits that the typical community pharmacy faces, the new Michigan medical marijuana laws, and

Marijuana Bureau: New Law Will Allow Marijuana to Be Grown, Processed, Dispensed All at One Location

In a bit of a surprise announcement, the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR) issued an Advisory Bulletin on September 21, 2017 stating that licensees under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) will be permitted to grow, process and dispense marijuana all at the same location.Previous statements from the BMMR and the Michigan Department of Licensing and

Marijuana Bureau: Dispensaries Can Remain Open, Application and Licensing Fees to Be at Least $14,000

Three months before the state first accepts licenses under the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR), an organization contained within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), is zeroing in on what the nonrefundable application fees will be for those seeking licenses. Meanwhile, the Michigan Medical Mari

LARA Director: Emergency Rules for Marijuana Applications Coming This Fall

The Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) director, Shelly Edgerton, announced that emergency rules will initially be put in place this fall so that the state can meet its December deadline to accept applications for marijuana grower, processor, and transporter licenses under the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (the “MMFLA”). She stated that rumors that applications are a

RICO, Nuisance Lawsuits Pop Up Against Medical Marijuana Businesses

It used to be the stuff of Hollywood movies featuring organized crime. Yet, while the Michigan Medical Marijuana Licensing Board is formulating the regulations that will govern medical marijuana growers, processors, transportors and dispensers in Michigan, courts in a number of states are issuing rulings that will allow marijuana grow operations – even if compliant with state regulations – to