Pursuant to Act 261 of the 2015 Legislature and several successive amendments to that act by the Legislature, the Board Pharmacy completed the rulemaking process to develop a nontransferable specialty license for a pharmacy to dispense marijuana for therapeutic purposes. The Board's Final Rule was published in August 2017; as the statewide medical marijuana program has evolved, some of the original rules have been amended.
The original enabling legislation placed a limit on the number of marijuana pharmacy permits; no more than ten such permits may be active at the same time. To implement the legislative mandate for an equitable geographic distribution of the marijuana pharmacies across the state, the Board recognized the nine regions of the state established by the Department of Health, allocating one marijuana pharmacy permit to each region. Following a competitive application process detailed elsewhere on the Board's website, the Board awarded one marijuana pharmacy permit in each of the nine regions. The nine marijuana pharmacies are listed here:
As provided in the Board's rules, the tenth marijuana pharmacy permit will be issued at a future date not yet designated following a determination of need as indicated by the volume of dispensing transactions in all of the marijuana pharmacies over a period of time not yet defined.