US (MI): Michigan regulators present water, air and energy challenges

Michigan regulators are preparing for the environmental impact of the state’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered the department in April to create a Marijuana Regulatory Agency to better regulate both the medical industry and upcoming recreational industry. As of May 10, the agency received 325 applications for licensing medical growers and approved 70 licenses, Harns said. “For the first two years the only people eligible to apply for recreational growing are medical license holders,” Harns said. 

And regulation doesn’t stop once a grower is approved for a license. The air and water divisions of the state’s environmental agency are examining the need to regulate recreational growing, Greenberg said. Even prior to legalization, the state had an environmental working group to evaluate potential environmental impacts, Elmouchi said.

“In 2017-2018, our working group looked at the applicability of regulations from water, waste and air to determine if we need new regulations to address this industry,” he said.



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