C-4 marijuana is weighed at the Greener Crossing Medical Marijuana Care Giver Center in Detroit on March 9, 2017. Detroit’s medical marijuana centers are finding difficulty in fulfilling the city’s list of strict requirements and regulations. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)

Nearly 2,000 Michiganders sign up for medical marijuana biz license classes

With nearly 2,000 people signing up for classes on medical marijuana licenses, Michigan has added a class and moved another to a bigger venue.

The sessions are designed to familiarize people who hope to get into the medical marijuana business with the application process that begins on Dec. 15.

There will be five categories of license — growers, processors, testing facilities, secure transporters and dispensaries — that the state Medical Marijuana Licensing Board will begin giving out early next year.

The licenses are a part of the laws that were passed in December to regulate and tax the medical marijuana industry, which is expected to generate $711 million in sales and $21 million in estimated tax revenue for the state.

It will be up to elected officials in communities across Michigan to determine if they want medical marijuana businesses in their towns. A potential medical cannabis business will have to get approvals from both the city where they want to operate and the state.

The three-hour classes being put on by the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department are:
– Nov. 8, 9 a.m.: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi
– Nov. 9, 9 a.m.: Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center
– Nov. 13, 9 a.m.: Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 North U.S. 31, Traverse City
– Nov. 14, 9 a.m.: Wing’s Conference Center, 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo
– Nov. 15, two sessions 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kellogg Conference Center, 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing

The Nov. 9 and the 9:00 a.m. session on Nov. 15 will be live-streamed on the state’s website.

To register for the sessions, go to METRC’s website.

Information from Detroit Free Press