State creates medical marijuana agency

medical-marijuana-rxThere’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program.

The new Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation will issue licenses to growers, distributors, retailers and patients under a new system. It was adopted last year by the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder. It’s supposed to help clean up problems with the law that was enacted by voters nine years ago. The new agency will also collect licensing fees, and test medical marijuana to make sure it’s safe.

Andrew Brisbo is the director of the new agency.

“The number of patients is increasing yearly, so the need is obviously there in that regard.”

There are currently 240 thousand licensed medical marijuana patients in Michigan, and 40 thousand people currently licensed to distribute medical marijuana.