Michigan Marijuana “State of the Union”
This last election has brought about many changes: President-Elect Donald Trump, minimum wage increases and entangled in the competing controversies, the regulatory system of marijuana in the state of Michigan. Governor, Rick Snyder signed three bills earlier this year; three months later where does that leave the business owners of cannabis companies that have been growing and evolving since 2008?
The booming business of the leafy green plant is undeniable. Public Act 283 (previously House Bill 4827) places the Marihuana Tracking Act and seed-to-sale tracking on all medical marijuana products. A larger mass now has a license to run marketable medical dispensaries in Michigan. Farmers and smoke shop owners will be in great need for trimmers, budtenders, and growers. The business end will provide jobs to the public as a whole new industry. The cannabis job market has no choice but to prosper as more and more states continue to follow in Colorado’s visionary footsteps. There will be job opportunities and businesses will grow exceedingly competitive. With competition, however, comes more spending on advertisers. All of this competitiveness will only entice new consumers as they flock together in search of better quality; better-priced cannabis. Growers will also be cultivated into three classes and each class determines the number of plants for legal production. This can affect growers with an amount of plants already being tended. Transporters now must also possess a license to move and distribute between companies without ownership of medical cannabis or arrange contracts amongst these businesses.
Another feature of Michigan’s regulatory laws would be the addition to specific protections. This feature is completely new to the state as the past records show many marijuana employees were at higher risk for criminal charges being brought against them by the local police. The protection extends to cannabis employees and places a limitation on law enforcement’s use of seizure and forfeiture for those who rent to licensees. Testing labs will be used to measure the amount of THC and CBD present in the marijuana nugs before shipment. This is also to provide safety by detecting any contaminants.
These new laws bring with them more than safety but also hope for many in the marijuana industry. Among the hopeful residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mr. Adam Rumpf expressed he is, “Hopeful that these new laws will stop police from using marijuana as an escape to enter your home to seize property for their police auctions. Furthermore, new laws need to be passed to stop a breeding ground of corruption.” With a new year around the corner, Mr. Rumpf and the rest of the state of Michigan hold their breath for all affected by the new laws in Michigan in regards to the medical marijuana affiliations.