Governor signs MacDonald medical marijuana oversight bill

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s legislation to improve oversight effectiveness of medical marijuana facilities was signed on Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“I want to thank the governor for signing this reform to provide additional clarity to the state’s medical marijuana law and improve the licensing process for everyone involved,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “State regulators will now be able to more effectively and efficiently provide necessary oversight of medical marijuana businesses. This will also better protect Michigan families and save taxpayer dollars.”

Under a 2016 state law, anyone with any ownership stake in a medical marijuana business must go through a financial and criminal background check by the state to receive a license.

Senate Bill 203, now Public Act 3 of 2019, changes the applicant requirements in the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act to require those with influence over the business to go through the background check process.

It also amends the definition of applicant for applications submitted on or after Jan. 1 to include managerial employees and their spouses.