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Michigan Cannabis Technology & Security Solutions
Cannabis IT and security services to help you plan, license, launch, manage, and scale your dispensary or cultivation, distribution, or manufacturing firm.
For New Michigan Cannabis Businesses
Detroit Cannabis Consulting
For Phase 2 Adult-Use Licenses
Request help developing your application, including operations and security plans, and if you receive a license, getting help setting up and maintaining your new adult-use cannabis facility in Detroit. We offer discounts to social equity applicants.
Get It Submitted Quicker & Easier
Get help with all the technical aspects of your Michigan cannabis application, including your operations and security plans. The technical expertise of Cure8 helps ensure you get your application approved and license approved the first time, without issues or delays.
Technical Guidance for a Complex Industry
Get general technical advice and guidance on opening a cannabis business in Michigan. Ask us anything related to cannabis tech or security - we either know the answer ourselves or can connect you to someone that does.
IT & Security Hardware
Michigan Cannabis Hardware
Save time and money getting the cannabis IT and security hardware for your new facility. We can take care of procurement for you if you tell us your preferences, requirements, and budget. We also have a self-service store. Products we offer include POS hardware, label printers, scales, and security cameras.
Michigan POS Installations & More
Tech and security installations for new cannabis facilities anywhere in Michigan. We install and set up POS systems, ERPs, IoT systems, networks/WiFi, back office IT, and more. Let Cure8 take care of this so you can focus on other areas of your launch, and be assured that your IT and security company knows its stuff about cannabis compliance.
Cannabis Security Solutions
Michigan Cannabis Security Solutions
Our services cover all aspects of security for your Michigan cannabis business. We provide security plans, cybersecurity strategies, expert consultation, security floorplans, surveillance system installation, monitoring services, and more. By partnering with us, you can create a secure and compliant environment while minimizing risks.
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For Existing Michigan Cannabis Operators
Lighten Your IT Load
If the demands of your IT operations have become too much to handle, let us step in and provide relief. Cure8 specializes in proficient IT management, freeing you from the burden of grappling with technology glitches or persistent disruptions. Think of us as your personal IT department, ensuring your peace of mind as you focus on your core business endeavors.
Continuous 24/7 IT Oversight
Maintain unwavering vigilance over your IT assets through our all-encompassing managed solutions. Our adept team offers proactive, round-the-clock IT monitoring, management, and support for all your technological framework, spanning POS systems, track-and-trace setups, surveillance networks, digital displays, and backend IT functions.
Swift Help Whenever You Need It
Should technical challenges crop up in your dispensary, production site, cultivation center, distribution hub, or vertical operation, our cannabis IT support crew is merely a call away. Benefit from our assured support, with response times as swift as 5 minutes. Additionally, we extend on-site technical assistance to promptly address critical issues.
Seamless Integration of Systems
Whether you're a buyer or a seller engaged in mergers and acquisitions, our pre- and post-M&A technical support is at your service. Our adept professionals will guide you through the process of harmonizing and streamlining your technological assets, guaranteeing a seamless transition and a cohesive infrastructure that maximizes efficiency and output.
HIPAA Compliance Audit
Safeguarding Patient Information
For medical cannabis establishments entrusted with patient data, adherence to HIPAA regulations is imperative. Our HIPAA compliance experts will meticulously assess the security aspects of your digital and physical safeguards to ensure complete adherence. By collaborating with us, you can sidestep fines and penalties while ensuring the protection of sensitive information.
Our Clients Love Us
“Your company and service…I deem essential. I look forward to working on the next stores with you. Thanks for all your help.”
The Nug Co
“From the start Munir & Shankar were awesome, they were totally on top of communication, had an answer for everything I asked, and knew exactly what my shop needed. As for Greg, great communication, and he did a super clean job wiring up the rack (not to mention all of the other hardware). These three made the whole process smooth and stress free. Congratulations on having such a killer team!”
“As the owner of one of the largest and busiest stores in Canada, I don’t have time for tech outages. Cure8 keeps me up and running so I never miss a sale, and helps ensure every customer walks away from my store happy.”
We serve all areas including:
- Grand Rapids
- Sterling Heights
- Ann Arbor
- Farmington Hills
- Rochester Hills
- St. Clair Shores
- Dearborn Heights
Determine License Type: Michigan offers various types of cannabis licenses, including cultivation, processing, retail, transportation, and more. Decide which type of license is suitable for your business venture.
Meet Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria, such as age restrictions, residency requirements, and criminal background checks. Some past convictions might disqualify you from obtaining a license.
Create a Business Plan: Develop a detailed business plan that outlines your business model, operational strategies, financial projections, security measures, and compliance with state regulations.
Select a Location: Identify a suitable location for your cannabis business. Ensure it meets local zoning regulations and is compliant with distance requirements from schools, parks, and other sensitive areas.
Establish Legal Entity: Register your business entity with the appropriate state authorities and obtain any necessary licenses for your chosen business structure (LLC, corporation, etc.).
Apply for Pre-Qualification: Submit a pre-qualification application to the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA). This step involves providing basic information about your business and its owners.
Prepare and Submit Application: Complete a comprehensive application that includes detailed information about your business, financial records, security plans, operational plans, and more. Applications vary depending on the type of license you’re applying for.
Pay Application Fees: Application fees vary based on the license type. Make sure to pay the required fees along with your application.
Undergo Background Checks: All individuals associated with the business will undergo background checks. Certain criminal convictions might result in disqualification.
Comply with Local Regulations: Obtain any necessary permits or approvals from the local municipality where your business will operate. Local governments have the authority to regulate cannabis businesses within their jurisdictions.
Inspection: If your application is deemed complete, you may undergo an inspection to ensure your facility and operations comply with regulations.
Receive License: If your application is approved, you will be issued a cannabis license by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency.
Maintain Compliance: Once licensed, you must adhere to all state regulations, including reporting requirements, security protocols, product testing, labeling, and more.
Please note that the above steps are a general guideline and the process can be more complex and involved. Regulations and requirements can change, so always refer to the official resources provided by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency and consult legal professionals familiar with Michigan’s cannabis laws.
Michigan legalized the adult-use (recreational) and medical use of cannabis through voter-approved initiatives, leading to the development of a regulated and licensed cannabis industry. Here’s an overview of the Michigan legal cannabis market:
1. Adult-Use (Recreational) Cannabis: Michigan voters approved Proposition 1 in November 2018, legalizing the possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes by adults aged 21 and older. This marked the beginning of the adult-use market in the state.
2. Medical Cannabis: Michigan’s medical cannabis program has been operational since 2008 when the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act was approved by voters. The program allows registered patients with qualifying medical conditions to access medical cannabis.
3. Licensing and Regulation: The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) is responsible for regulating both the adult-use and medical cannabis markets. The MRA oversees licensing, compliance, and enforcement of regulations to ensure the safety of products and the integrity of the industry.
4. Licensing Categories: The regulated cannabis market in Michigan includes various licensing categories, such as cultivation, processing, retail, distribution, secure transport, and testing. Each category has specific requirements and regulations that businesses must adhere to in order to obtain and maintain a license.
5. Market Growth: The legal cannabis market in Michigan has experienced significant growth since its inception. Many entrepreneurs and businesses have entered the market, contributing to a diverse range of products and services. Dispensaries, cultivators, processors, and other cannabis-related businesses have become more prevalent across the state.
6. Taxation: Both adult-use and medical cannabis sales are subject to taxation in Michigan. Tax revenue generated from cannabis sales is allocated to various programs, including education, public safety, and the administration of the cannabis regulatory system.
7. Social Equity: Michigan has also emphasized social equity in its cannabis industry. The state has implemented measures to provide opportunities for individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition to participate in the legal market. This includes provisions for reduced fees and additional support for qualifying individuals and communities.
8. Challenges and Opportunities: The Michigan cannabis market has faced challenges such as regulatory adjustments, competition from the illicit market, and evolving consumer preferences. However, the industry continues to offer significant economic opportunities, job creation, and revenue generation for the state.
Please note that the legal cannabis landscape can change rapidly, and developments may have occurred since my last update. For the most current and detailed information about the Michigan legal cannabis market, it’s important to refer to official sources such as the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency and consult legal experts with expertise in cannabis regulations.
The cost of opening a cannabis business in Michigan can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of business you plan to operate, the scale of your operation, the location, and the specific requirements and regulations that apply. Here are some general cost considerations for opening a cannabis business in Michigan:
Licensing Fees: The fees associated with applying for and obtaining a cannabis license can vary based on the type of license you’re seeking (cultivation, processing, retail, etc.). Licensing fees can range from several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars.
Real Estate Costs: Securing a suitable location for your cannabis business is a significant cost factor. Real estate costs can include lease or purchase expenses, as well as costs for renovations, security enhancements, and compliance with local zoning requirements.
Facility Build-Out: Depending on the type of business, you may need to build out or retrofit your facility to meet specific regulatory requirements. This could involve construction, security system installation, and other infrastructure improvements.
Equipment and Supplies: Acquiring the necessary equipment for cultivation, processing, or retail operations can be a substantial cost. This includes lighting, HVAC systems, extraction equipment, point-of-sale systems, security cameras, and more.
Security Measures: Security is a crucial aspect of cannabis businesses. Costs associated with security measures, such as surveillance systems, alarms, and secure storage, can add up.
Employee Salaries and Training: Hiring and training employees, including those with expertise in cultivation, processing, compliance, and sales, is an ongoing cost.
Compliance Costs: Staying compliant with state and local regulations requires ongoing efforts and expenses. This includes record-keeping systems, quality control measures, and other compliance-related expenses.
Marketing and Branding: Promoting your cannabis business and building a brand presence in compliance with advertising regulations can involve marketing costs.
Inventory Costs: Stocking your shelves or production facilities with cannabis products requires upfront capital to purchase or produce inventory.
Consulting and Legal Fees: Many cannabis entrepreneurs seek legal and consulting services to navigate complex regulations and ensure compliance. These professional services come with associated costs.
Testing and Quality Control: If you’re involved in processing or retail, you may need to conduct testing for quality control and product safety. This can entail additional expenses.
Operating Expenses: Ongoing operational costs include rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, taxes, and more.
It’s important to note that the cost of opening a cannabis business can be substantial, and having a solid business plan and accurate financial projections is essential. Regulations and costs can change, so it’s highly recommended to consult legal and financial professionals who are knowledgeable about the cannabis industry and Michigan’s regulations for the most up-to-date and accurate cost estimates.
Cannabis businesses in Michigan are subject to strict security requirements to ensure the safety of both employees and the public, prevent diversion of cannabis to the illicit market, and maintain compliance with state regulations. These requirements cover various aspects of security, including physical security, surveillance, record-keeping, and more. Keep in mind that regulations may have evolved since then, so it’s important to consult the most recent sources and legal experts for accurate information. Here’s a general overview of security requirements for cannabis businesses in Michigan:
Physical Security Measures:
- Limited Access: Cannabis establishments must restrict access to authorized personnel only. Entry points should be controlled, and secure locks should be used.
- Alarm Systems: Intrusion alarm systems must be installed and operational at all times.
- Video Surveillance: Surveillance cameras must be installed in key areas, including points of entry, product storage, processing areas, and more.
- Security Personnel: Depending on the size and type of establishment, security personnel may be required to monitor and control access.
- Continuous Recording: Surveillance cameras must record continuously during hours of operation.
- Camera Coverage: Cameras must cover all areas where cannabis is cultivated, processed, stored, packaged, and sold, as well as areas with access to cannabis.
- Camera Resolution: Cameras should have sufficient resolution to clearly capture activities and individuals.
- Storage: Surveillance recordings must be stored for a minimum period, usually around 45 days, and must be readily accessible for review by authorities.
- Inventory Tracking: Cannabis businesses must maintain accurate and detailed records of all inventory, from cultivation to sale.
- Patient/Customer Records: Dispensaries and other cannabis businesses must keep records of transactions, including patient or customer information, product details, and quantities sold.
- Secure Transportation: Cannabis products in transit must be transported in secured vehicles with appropriate security measures in place to prevent diversion or theft.
- Product Storage: Cannabis products must be stored securely to prevent unauthorized access.
- Separation of Products: Different types of cannabis products should be stored separately and clearly labeled.
- Background Checks: Employees involved in cannabis operations must undergo background checks.
- Training: Employees should receive training on security protocols, including handling emergencies and preventing unauthorized access.
- Regulatory Inspections: Regulatory authorities may conduct regular inspections to ensure compliance with security requirements.
- Develop and maintain emergency plans for various scenarios, including theft, fire, and other security threats.
It’s crucial to refer to the official guidelines provided by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) or other relevant regulatory bodies for the most up-to-date and detailed information on security requirements for cannabis businesses in Michigan. Additionally, consulting legal professionals with expertise in cannabis regulations can help ensure full compliance with security measures.