LARA warns of fraudulent medical marijuana cease and desists letters

LANSING — The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation recently issued a warning today to the public – and to prospective medical marihuana operator license applicants – regarding fraudulent medical marijuana cease and desist letters delivered in the last several days.

The BMMR Enforcement Division and the Michigan State Police are currently conducting a joint investigation into an individual or individuals who have issued fraudulent cease and desist letters at marihuana facility locations – that are currently operating temporarily with local approval – throughout the state.

While BMMR has issued over 200 cease and desist letters over the last month, it has not delivered any since April 18. If a business owner, employee, or applicant has received a cease and desist letter since Thursday, April 19, they are requested to call the bureau at (517) 284-8599.

LARA reminds applicants and potential licensees that BMMR Enforcement Officers carry a form of identification that makes it clear that they work for the bureau. Each ID card has embedded holographic security, the state of Michigan seal, the LARA emblem, and the representative’s name, picture and work title. Please ask the enforcement personnel to show this identification at any time. Also, it should be noted that, moving forward, official communication from the State of Michigan will be delivered either via US Postal mail or in-person hand delivery.

More information on the BMMR can be found at the bureau’s website

For more information about LARA, please visit michigan.gov/lara.

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