How To Work At A Dispensary In Michigan

How to get licensed or badged to work in the cannabis industry in your state:
Shape of Michigan

Cannabis Licensing in Michigan

Adult Use:
Medical & Adult Use
Hiring Timeline:
Not Specified

Cannabis Job Market Overview:

Michigan was the first state in the midwest to legalize medical and adult-use cannabis. Michigan voters approved the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative in November 2008. The measure legalized the use of marijuana for those with severe or terminal illnesses.

Michigan voters approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) in November 2018, legalizing the consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and older. The MRTMA also created a regulated and taxed cannabis retail infrastructure, allowing dispensaries to sell to adults.

Cannabis Job Requirements & Application Process:

There are currently no licensing or certification requirements to work in cannabis in Michigan. However you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Be willing to undergo a background check

Upon being hired at a cannabis establishment, the business licensee is required to:

  • Have a policy in place that requires employees to report any new or pending charges or convictions
  • Disclose any charges or convictions for a controlled substance-related felony or any other felony to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency
  • Record the employee at the time of hire in the statewide monitoring system and remove them when no longer employed

A full list of requirements is available via the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency site

Cannabis Job Background Check Requirements:

A background check is required in order to be employed by a licensed cannabis establishment in Michigan.

According to the Michigan MRA, “if the background check indicates a pending charge or conviction within the past 10 years for a controlled substance-related felony, a licensee shall not hire the prospective employee without written permission of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency.”

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