Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) will oversee the sale of all cannabis-derived THC products in the state starting Oct. 11.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation in July to regulate delta-8 THC, which has been sold by gas stations, online vendors and other retailers outside of Michigan’s regulated cannabis market without the licensing, testing and other regulations that govern Michigan’s licensed cannabis businesses.
Under the new law, all cannabis-derived THC products will be covered by state law and regulated by MRA beginning Monday, and the products will only be sold through licensed cannabis retailers after proper testing and approvals, according to a local 9 & 10 News report.
Regulators will review and analyze all “intoxicating substances,” including delta-8 THC and THC-O-acetate, under the new law to determine whether they need to be safety tested through MRA’s statewide monitoring system and tracked through Michigan’s seed-to-sale tracking system, 9 & 10 News reported.
“Michigan’s approach to cannabis is a model for the nation in regard to protecting its residents and making sure that those who consume these products do so in a safe manner,” MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo told the news outlet. “Moving forward, these intoxicating products will be removed from the unregulated marketplace and placed in a well-regulated and licensed system, restricted to adults, and monitored for safety."