Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)
October 2, 2019 – Today, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced an expansion of its Social Equity Program, which is designed to encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people who live in Michigan communities which have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. The following communities are now eligible:
*The Social Equity Program expansion occurred after MRA staff continued researching available statewide municipal data.
Section 8 of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (2018) requires the MRA to develop “a plan to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.”
The MRA’s team of social equity representatives will visit the following regions to reach each of the disproportionately impacted communities before the MRA begins taking applications on November 1, 2019:
Application Assistance and Coordinating Resources
During the visits, the MRA will provide educational sessions regarding the social equity program and the application and licensure process. The MRA’s social equity representatives will be available to assist individuals with completing the social equity application during the educational sessions, which will allow the MRA to determine if the individual qualifies for participation in the program.
The MRA’s social equity representatives will provide the following services:
Participating in the Social Equity Program allows qualifying applicants whose marijuana establishments will be in disproportionately impacted communities to benefit from a reduction of up to 60% off the application fee, the initial license fee, and future renewal fees, which will be calculated as follows for qualifying applicants:
Social Equity Representatives will confirm eligibility for participation in this program through acceptance of several forms of documentation.
Social Equity Program Resources
The MRA will make resources available to individuals who qualify for participation in the Social Equity Program. The MRA has partnered with other State agencies who offer services that are relevant to individuals or businesses participating in the adult-use marijuana industry. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
The MRA has partnered with medical facility licensees and individuals from the private sector to provide educational presentations to – and act as resources for – applicants who qualify for the Social Equity Program. This includes, but is not limited to the following: