Advocacy

Advocacy

  • Create a Fair and Efficient Medical Marijuana Business Licensing System

Delays in the implementation of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) are hindering the medical cannabis industry’s ability to develop, with some applications being denied seemingly arbitrarily by the state licensing board. The MICIA will work with state policymakers to improve the current system and ensure that quality businesses are licensed fairly and efficiently.

  • Ensure Safe Access to Cannabis for All Medical Marijuana Patients and Adult Use Consumers

The MICIA will work with state policymakers and association members to ensure the MMFLA is implemented in a way that adequately serves patients across the state and provides them with safe access to the medicine they need. This includes addressing product shortages as the MMFLA is fully implemented and also working with state regulators to avoid similar situations when adult use cannabis businesses become licensed.

  • Develop Fair and Equitable Rules and Regulations for Adult Use Marijuana Businesses

The passage of Proposal 1 in 2018 to legalize cannabis for all Michigan adults 21 and older will require the state to promulgate rules for the licensing and regulation of these new businesses. The MICIA will work with state policymakers to ensure the application process is fair to all applicants and that the regulations protect both businesses and the public.

  • Encourage Social Equity and Social Justice

The prohibition of cannabis has disproportionately harmed minorities. The MICIA will work to ensure that business opportunities are available to the communities that have been most harmed by the misguided policies of prohibition. In addition, the MICIA will advocate for laws that give nonviolent offenders new opportunities that have otherwise been denied to them due to a cannabis arrest.

  • Educate the Public Policymakers on Cannabis Issues

The prohibition of cannabis has disproportionately harmed minorities. The MICIA will work to ensure that business opportunities are available to the communities that have been most harmed by the misguided policies of prohibition. In addition, the MICIA will advocate for laws that give nonviolent offenders new opportunities that have otherwise been denied to them due to a cannabis arrest.