May 29, 2016

Michigan Is Auditing Its Medical Marijuana Program

May 29, 2016
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safer michigan marijuanaThe Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) is being evaluated by the state’s Office of Auditor General (OAG) to determine their “potential for improving State government operations,” per an announcement on the OAG website.

The Office’s website reports the two assessments being made by the OAG involve “the effectiveness of MMMP’s administration of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act” and “assess MMMP’s compliance with legislative reporting requirements.” Results of the report are targeted for release in mid-2016.

The OAG performs both “Performance Audits” and “Financial Audits”. There are approx. fifty Performance Audits listed on their website as in progress.

Performance audits are described in this way:

Performance audits are conducted on a priority basis related to the potential for improving State government operations. The OAG’s primary objective for conducting performance audits is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of State government operations. Effectiveness is producing the outcome desired by the citizens of Michigan and mandated by the Legislature, and efficiency is a measure of useful services delivered compared with the resources applied.

Once the preliminary survey has been completed and objectives have been established for a performance audit, we publish a one-page summary to provide a description of the agency, audit objectives, and the expected timing of the project. Access to these summaries can be obtained by clicking the links below.

Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is the Department that administers the MMMP. They are under two audits for Performance- the other is the Bureau of Services to Blind Persons- and one Financial Audit, the Liquor Purchase Revolving Fund.

“During fiscal year 2015, MMMP had 182,091 active patients and 34,269 active caregivers, received 81,090 initial and 22,879 renewal applications, and expended $4.2 million,” per the OAG statement on the program.

Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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