New Michigan medical marijuana laws are scheduled to become effective starting Tuesday across Michigan, according to latest reports. The laws have been devised to create a new set and structure of business regulations for the new industry.
According to Matt Able, the executive director of Michigan NORML, a pro – pot group, the changes would include a new category of marijuana infused products, reported CBS News.
Able stated that in addition to the previously legal products, the legislature would also include resin and extract. Thus, concentrated forms of cannabis, along with ointments, topical oils and tinctures will be legal in Michigan.
The newly approved Michigan medical marijuana laws by Governor Rick Snyder introduce a new tax on dispensary shops. It also establishes a state licensing system that allow adults to grow, sell, , process, test or transport marijuana. However, a monitoring system will be introduced to track marijuana from “seed to sale”.
According to reports, more than 211,000 qualifying patients now grow their own marijuana plants or obtain the drug from nearly 37,000 registered caregivers under the voter-approved 2008 law.
When Will The Change Happen?
The Michigan medial marijuana laws will take effect 90 days after they are signed. However, for people who require state operating license, would need to wait for 360 days, putting the date somewhere in early 2018.
Meanwhile, the state would be required to seek outside bids from companies who want to create and implement the marijuana tracking system. After the contract is awarded, the winning company would have 180 days to deliver the system. The legislation system of Michigan has allocated $8.6 million to implement the tracking and licensing system. The money would be funded from a fund, which is financed with fees the patients and caregivers would pay to get registry ID cards.
Thus, although the medical marijuana legalization has taken place in Michigan, the patients and sellers would have to wait until early 2017 to enjoy its benefits.