Now that marijuana is legal in Michigan - the state is embracing the 'common' spelling

(WWMT/MGN Online)

The day recreational marijuana use in Michigan became legal, the agency poised to regulate the industry is embracing a different spelling of the substance.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced Thursday the agency will now refer to the substance as marijuana – with a J. Previously, the agency used the spelling marihuana.

“In an effort to improve consistency among consumers, industry stakeholder, and other government agencies, LARA has embraced the common spelling of marijuana,” the agency explained in a written news statement.

However, all legal documents and references to statutes will continue to use the spelling in the state’s legal code – marihuana.

Also announced Thursday, the recreational use of marijuana has been added to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation. According to LARA’s release, the bureau combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry and medical marijuana facility licensing with the new requirements Proposal 1 outlined. The proposal legalizing recreational marijuana was approved by Michigan voters Nov. 6.

“While many other states have various licensing, regulation, and patient programs spread throughout different departments and agencies, BMR will keep marijuana-related services in one place in order to best enhance consumer protections and make regulations more efficient for business customers,” LARA Director Shelly Edgerton said.

While recreational use is now legal, there are no dispensaries open in Michigan to sell the product. Only marijuana grown at home can be consumed right now.

The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation is currently in the process of creating regulations for recreational marijuana use. Rules surrounding medicinal use is not changing in the wake of recreational passage. The new law requires the bureau to make licensing applications available by Dec. 6, 2019.

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