Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan signed an executive order on Friday that abolishes the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board and creates a single state agency to regulate both medical and recreational cannabis. Whitmer’s order, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 30, establishes the Marijuana Regulatory Agency as a part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The governor said in a statement on Friday that the move will streamline the issuing of licenses for cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries.
“This executive order will eliminate inefficiencies that have made it difficult to meet the needs of Michigan’s medical marijuana patients,” Whitmer said. “All elements of this agency have been designed to serve and better protect Michigan residents, and I’m eager to have a unified effort across state departments to make sure this process runs effectively and efficiently.”
Whitmer said that combining the board with the regulatory structure for recreational cannabis, which was legalized by Michigan voters last November, would end delays in licensing from the board.
“To avoid licensing delays and to better coordinate varying sources of authority for the enforcement of state law, the administration of state laws relating to marijuana can more effectively and efficiently be