The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation is standing firm on their stance that all cannabis facilities that are not licensed by the State under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, will have to close down, and will receive a cease and desist letter at that time. While the facilities are not mandated to close down, the State Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has explained that any facility that continues to run after receipt of the cease and desist will very likely not be granted a license. Additionally, the State has set forth proposed Final Rules concerning Medical Marihuana Facilities licensing, which is going to allow or registered qualifying clients to get house deliveries from provisioning centers (with restriction, naturally) and will certainly likewise allow online purchasing. So, where does that leave registered caregivers, who were anticipating to be able to remain relevant to their clients until 2021?
The old for registered caregivers was quite simple. You were enabled to cultivate up to twelve plants for each client. You could have 5 patients, aside from yourself. If the caregiver was also a patient, they could additionally cultivate twelve plants for individual usage too. So, a caregiver could cultivate a total amount of seventy-two marihuana plants. Many caregivers produced far more usable marihuana from those plants than they could make use of for patients and individual usage. The caregivers would then sell their excess product to medical marihuana dispensaries.
Under the emergency rules, marihuana dispensaries that were operating with municipal authorization, but that had actually not obtained a State license were permitted to continue operating and also purchasing from registered caregivers. Those facilities were allowed to acquire caregiver overages for thirty days after obtaining their State license for supply. That implied significant revenues for caregivers and substantial supply for dispensaries.
After September 15, 2018
The troubles for registered caregivers only begins on September 15, 2018. All State licensed centers that will continue to be open and operating can not buy any product from caregivers. State Licensed Provisioning Centers, but statute and administrative rules are strictly forbidden from acquiring or offering any item that is not created by a State Licensed Grower or Processor that has had their product tested and certified by a State Licensed Safety Compliance Facility. Any State Licensed Provisioning Center that is discovered to have product up for sale that is not from a State Licensed Cultivator or Processor is subject to State sanctions on their license, consisting of temporary or irreversible cancellation of the license. Given the danger, licensed facilities are very unlikely to risk purchasing from a caregiver, given the potential consequences.
Even more, the unlicensed facilities to whom caregivers have been continuing to offer to, even throughout the licensing procedure, will be closing down. Some might continue to operate, but given the State’s position on facilities that do not abide by their cease and desist letters being looked at very adversely in the licensing process, the market will certainly be drastically lessened, if not eliminated. Therefore, caregivers will not have much choice for selling their overages, as well as will certainly be restricted only to their current clients.
New Administrative Rules
A hearing will be held on September 17, 2018 pertaining to the new suggested final administrative rules for the regulation of medical marihuana facilities, which will become effective in November, when the emergency rules cease being effective. Those final recommended administrative rules allow for house delivery by a provisioning center, and will also allow regulated online ordering. Those 2 things take away much of the function contemplated by caregivers under the brand-new guidelines. Patients would certainly still need them to head to the provisioning center to get and deliver marijuana to patients that were too unwell or that were disabled and could not get to those licensed centers to acquire their medical marijuana. With this modification to the administrative rules, such patients will no longer require a caregiver. They will have the ability to place an order online and have the provisioning center deliver it to them, basically removing the necessity of a caregiver.
For better or worse, the State is doing everything it can to get rid of caregivers under the brand-new administrative plan, even before the prepared elimination in 2021 contemplated by the mmfla. There are a great deal of reasons the State could be doing it, but that is of little comfort to caregivers. The bottom line is, the State is getting rid of the caregiver model, and they are moving that process along with celerity. The State is sending the message that they desire caregivers out of the marketplace as soon as possible, and they are developing regulations to make certain that occurs sooner rather than later. The caregiver model, while advantageous and needed under the old Michigan Medical Marihuana Act structure, are currently going the way of the Dodo. Like everything else, the Marihuana laws are evolving, and some things that have flourished in the past, won’t make it to see the brand-new legalized era.