State kicks off education sessions on rec marijuana licensing – The Oakland Press


As a registered medical marijuana caregiver, Dominick Trupiano of Sterling Heights has for awhile been in the process of obtaining a medical marijuana facilities license to expand his involvement and earning potential in the cannabis industry.

But he’s rethinking that, now that the state is less than two months from offering license applications for recreational marijuana businesses. To Trupiano, forgoing the medical marijuana facility license pursuit and perhaps seeking a recreational marijuana business license instead sounds like a better plan. For starters, he won’t need to come up with a hefty amount of capital required for medical cannabis facility licensing — ranging from $150,000 to $500,000, depending on the type of facility.

And while Trupiano hasn’t decided for sure that he’ll be applying for a recreational or “adult use” marijuana business license, the possibility had him in Detroit’s Cadillac Place on Thursday morning, one of about 100 attendees at the state’s first of five educational sessions on licensing for recreational marijuana businesses planned for this month.

The sessions, offered by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, are designed to familiarize prospective licensees with the online application process ahead of its launch. But they also offer opportunity for cannabis businesses service providers — who also need to be up-to-date on what’s going on in the industry.

Marijuana education session

The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency on Thursday kicked off the first of five educational sessions for recreational marijuana business licensing in Detroit. About 100 people attended.

Adam Duke is among those who attended for that reason. He works for Treez, a company that provides software to help such businesses comply with regulations.

“The rules (for medical marijuana and recreational marijuana) are different, and you need to know that…(recreational marijuana) business regulations are more nuanced and complicated, and you have to get it right,” he said.

Duke, a Bloomfield Hills native who now lives in Detroit, also said he’s pleased with how LARA works with prospective licensees and others interested in the industry — and that the education sessions and online access to related information are evidence of that.

“Whether you watch online or come to a session, the state has taken a big step in the right direction,” he said.

The education sessions require registration and space is limited. The schedule includes:

• Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in Saginaw — RC Zauel Memorial Library, Dr. Kurumety Meeting Room, 3100 N. Center Rd.

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• Thursday, Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. in Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Public Library

315 S. Rose St.

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• Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in Lansing — G.Mennen Williams Building

525 W. Ottawa St.

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• Monday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in Traverse City — Traverse Area District Library

610 Woodmere Ave.

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Chip Christy, MRA

Chip Christy, analyst for the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, provides an overview of the application process for prospective adult-use marijuana business licensees.

As explained in Thursday’s session in Detroit, the application process for adult-use marijuana business licensing is a 2-step approach, like the one for medical marijuana facility licensing. Those who already hold a medical marijuana facility license will have a more stream-lined prequalification process, since certain documentation and other information are already on file with the state. Part 2 follows prequalification and requires a physical location for the business in a municipality that has passed an ordinance to allow them.

According to an unofficial document from the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, 791 communities throughout Michigan have notified the state that recreational marijuana business can not set up shop there, as of Aug. 30, 2019. 

Applications require a $6,000 non-refundable fee.

Throughout the process, applicants will be able to track the progress of their application online.

In upcoming weeks, more information about the application process — including what documentation prospective applicants need to provide — will be posted on the MRA website at

Andrew Brisbo, director of the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, says the first adult-use marijuana business licenses could be issued by the end of November. Then it will be up to the licensees to get the businesses open.

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