We understand that it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes to your state laws. Here at Uphempo, we wanted to make things easy for you. Below are the recent updates to the Michigan Marijuana Laws. Check it out!
Status: Fully Legal
Legalization Rules Implemented
The governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer established the MRA or Marijuana Regulatory Agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in March of 2019. This agency put out regulations that will guide the new bill that legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older.
The new rules happen to include several progressive provisions, including licenses for cannabis consumption on-site, or at events, which need approved by the town or city beforehand.
As of right now, regulators have announced that they plan to start taking applications for cannabis business licenses in November of 2019, and should expect to see sales early next year.
Michigan Is The 10th State to Legalize Cannabis For Adults
Michigan voters have spoken. With all precincts reported, Proposal 1 has passed at 55.9% of the vote. With the opposition spending tons of money on attack ads, the campaign, Yes on 1 overcame the odds and pulled in a victory by 12 points!
Michigan is now the first in the Midwest, and the second most populous state to approve marijuana for adults 21 and older. Thanks to all of the voters, contributors, and volunteers, cannabis prohibition is no more in Michigan.
With the passing of Proposal 1, it will now be legal to posses and cultivate marijuana for adults 21 and older. This is expected to happen November 26, 2019. Michigan should see adult-use cannabis businesses opening in 2020.
Medical Marijuana Program In Michigan
Michigans medical program has been going since the other approved bill in 2008. Even though the original law in Michigan provided protection for caregivers and patients, it failed to establish regulations for the cannabis businesses that made the medical marijuana available.
With the medical program growing from hundreds to over 200,000, the businesses also grew. This was becoming a huge problem, mostly because the lack of regulations, which lead to years of harm on the program.
Earlier in 2019, 3 bills were passed by lawmakers that completely overhauled the medical cannabis program in Michigan. It may seem like these bills improved the medical program, but it hurt those businesses established in 2008.
With these new laws in place, expect to see change if you cultivate or provide medical cannabis to patients. While the law is technically in effect, the changes will take time, and most likely wont be revised for another year. Michigan has a lot of work ahead in the next couple months.
Current Michigan Marijuana Laws
If you are 21 or older, you can legally posses up to 2 and half ounces. With a personal residence, adults have the ability to grow 12 cannabis plants, and possess 10 ounces, as long as only 2.5 ounces remains out, and the other 7.5 ounces is locked in a safe.
If you would like to join the medical marijuana program in Michigan, your doctor must certify that you suffer from one of the following medical conditions:
- Hep C
- Crohn’s disease
- Nail Patella
- Chronic Nausea
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus
- Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Pain
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Inflammatory Bowl Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Muscle Spasms
- Alzheimer’s Disease
If you are a patient in Michigan, you can obtain medical marijuana from a registered primary caregiver, or you can grow your own.
Marijuana Policy Reform Timeline in Michigan
2018 – Approved ballot by Michigan voters legalizing marijuana for those 21 and older.
2016 – Michigan expanded the laws on the state’s already existing medical cannabis program to include regulations and licensing for cannabis businesses.
2008 – Medical marijuana was approved by voters, and available for those suffering from serious medical conditions.
Stay tuned for more information on the Michigan Marijuana Laws!