Reflecting the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, the state department that regulates the pot industry is changing its name.
The Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation is losing one of its Ms and now is the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation.
The department is charged with coming up with the rules and regulations that will govern the fledgling recreational marijuana industry.
“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,” said Shelly Edgerton, director of the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
In addition, the new department is keeping up with the times and embracing the more common spelling of marijuana instead of the more antiquated marihuana, although legal documents will still spell marijuana the old way.
The state has also launched a new website — michigan.gov/marijuana — with resources for both the medical and recreational marijuana communities. The department is calling the new industry the “adult use” marijuana market to better reflect that the new legalization only applies to people 21 or older.
Marijuana became legal in Michigan at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. It allows for people 21 or older to use, possess and grow marijuana. People will be able to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana a day once products become commercially available for sale in early 2020. They can also grow up to 12 plants in their homes for personal use and possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes as long as it’s locked up.