Gov. Whitmer signs order establishing marijuana regulatory agency


    Governor Whitmer signed an executive order Friday establishing the Marijuana Regulatory Agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. (MGN)

    LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer signed an executive order Friday establishing the Marijuana Regulatory Agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

    The agency combines previous authorities, functions, and duties into a modernized process which allows for LARA to more efficiently regulate medical marijuana and apply this expertise to recreational marijuana as well.

    "This executive order will eliminate inefficiencies that have made it difficult to meet the needs of Michigan’s medical marijuana patients,” said Whitmer. “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. I appreciate the productive input I’ve received on this important issue, including from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey.”

    Executive Order 2019-7 addresses matters related to both recreational and medical marijuana:

    • Creating the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (the “Agency”) within LARA, responsible for administering laws related to medical and recreational marijuana.
    • Appointing an executive director who will run the Agency.
    • The appointed director will provide annual financial disclosures and is subject to advice and consent, along with a four-year employment restriction.
    • The Agency will be the primary decision maker and will hold four public meetings each year in which they will hear complaints while providing information on the administration of the authorities, powers, duties, functions, and responsibilities vested in the Agency by this order or otherwise by law.
    • Abolishing the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation and the Marihuana Licensing Board.

    See the full executive order below:


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