Medical marijuana patients in Michigan are about to see improved access. Thanks to new rules approved and put into place by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, medical marijuana providers can now legally deliver to patients. The change is the latest development in several key changes to Michigan’s medical marijuana program.
Home Delivery in Michigan
Last week, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency issued the state’s first three home delivery licenses.
One license went to a dispensary called Lake Effect, which serves patients in Kalamazoo County. And the other two home delivery licenses went to BotaniQ and Utopia Gardens. Both are located in Detroit.
Under the new rules, these and any other dispensaries to receive licenses in the future will now be able to deliver orders directly to patients’ homes.
Not surprisingly, the new home delivery program will be heavily regulated by the state. Here’s home delivery will work:
- To complete home deliveries legally, dispensaries with a license must hire their own delivery drivers.
- Dispensaries licensed for home delivery must document and track all delivery inventory.
- All delivery vehicles must be tracked with a GPS system.
- Dispensaries will have to get a copy of the patient’s identification card and medical marijuana card before doing deliveries.
- The delivery address must match the patient’s address as listed on both their identification card and their medical marijuana card.
- Patients can order up to the daily maximum, which is 2.5 ounces of flower.
Above and beyond those rules, many dispensaries plan to implement their own additional guidelines. For example, local news source MLive reported that some shops plan to install dashcams in delivery vehicles.
Similarly, some dispensaries will take additional security measures.