State marijuana agency to begin regulating THC products derived from cannabis plants

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All THC products derived from the cannabis plant will soon be covered by state law and regulated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Starting Monday, October 11, these products will only be available after appropriate approvals, rigorous testing, and commercial standards that currently protect consumer safety in the legal marijuana marketplace. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

With the change, consumers will no longer be able to purchase the products in convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco/smoke shops throughout the state.

“Michigan’s approach to cannabis is a model for the nation in regard to protecting its residents and making sure that those who consume these products do so in a safe manner,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “Moving forward, these intoxicating products will be removed from the unregulated marketplace and placed in a well-regulated and licensed system, restricted to adults, and monitored for safety.”

Businesses will no longer be able to manufacture, possess, transfer, inventory, sell or give away delta-8 THC or THC-O-acetate without proper licensing and approval from the MRA.

In addition, effective October 11, 2021:

  • Licensees are officially prohibited from selling or transferring marijuana to a minor or to a person who is visibly intoxicated at the time of the sale. Individuals who suffer damage or are personally injured by a minor or a visibly intoxicated person are now permitted to take action against the licensee who sold or transferred the marijuana.
  • Marijuana retailers and marijuana microbusiness licensees are required to have and maintain marijuana liability insurance. The insurance must be provided by a licensed and admitted insurance company in Michigan in a minimum amount of $50,000. Marijuana retailer and marijuana microbusiness licensees authorized to sell marijuana at a temporary marijuana event must also obtain marijuana liability insurance, which covers sales or transfers of marijuana that will occur at the temporary marijuana event. Failure to hold and maintain the required marijuana liability insurance or provide it to the MRA in a timely fashion, may result in disciplinary action against the licensee. Full details are available in the Marijuana Liability Insurance MRA bulletin published on August 27, 2021.
  • Telemedicine is now allowed for Michigan residents participating in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, a state registry program that administers the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008.
  • Adult-use applicants should visit the MRA website and utilize the most up-to-date application forms.
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