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LANSING, MI — Michigan has created the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation to centralize all aspects of medical marijuana regulation, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reports.

The new bureau, housed in LARA, combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly established statutory requirements for medical marijuana facility licensing.

“BMMR’s organizational structure puts Michigan at the forefront of state medical marijuana regulation,” LARA Director Shelly Edgerton said. “Many other states have various licenses and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies.”

Centralized services will enhance patient protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers, she said.

BMMR is in the process of implementing the regulatory framework created by legislation signed by Gov. Snyder in September 2016. Regulatory functions include the licensing, investigation and enforcement of medical marijuana growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities.