In a potentially under-appreciated risk for cannabis growers and processors in Michigan, there are important environmental laws and permits that must be complied with in order to avoid jeopardizing business operations and state-issued licenses.
As explained by state agencies at a recent meeting of the West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, there are several environmental laws that apply to growers and processors, along with the various environmental permits that are needed. A representative from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) explained that a verbal memorandum of understanding exists between the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) and EGLE, under which EGLE will notify MRA of any enforcement activities for violations of environmental laws. Such violations will be taken into account by MRA for licensing decisions.
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