Medical Cannabis and Marijuana Laws in Michigan
- 2008 – Michigan Medical Marihuana Act
– AN INITIATION of Legislation to allow under state law the medical use of marihuana; to provide
protections for the medical use of marihuana; to provide for a system of registry identification cards for
qualifying patients and primary caregivers; to impose a fee for registry application and renewal; to make an
appropriation; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the administration of this act; to provide
for enforcement of this act; to provide for affirmative defenses; and to provide for penalties for violations of
- 2013 – The Supreme Court of Michigan ruled that the 2008 initiative did not allow for the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries in the state. An estimated 75 to 100 dispensaries were operating under this legal gray area at the time.
- 2016 – Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills that among other reforms: (a) allowed the operation and regulation of medical cannabis dispensaries; (b) set a taxation rate of 3% on medical cannabis; and (c) allowed the use of non-smokable forms such as topicals and edibles.
Telehealth Consultations for Cannabis in Michigan
Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Michigan. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.
Recreational Cannabis Laws in Michigan
- 2018 – Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act
– The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act allows persons age 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, up to 10 ounces at home, and cultivate up to 12 plants at home. It also sets up a system for the state-licensed cultivation and distribution of cannabis, with sales subject to a 10% excise tax (in addition to the state’s 6% sales tax). The law went into effect on December 6, 2018, and the first dispensaries opened to the public on December 1, 2019.
Benefits of having a Medical Marijuana Card in a Recreational State Like Michigan
- Medical marijuana patient pay less tax for their product – 6% compared to 16%.
- Younger legal age for legal consumption – medical cannabis patients can be 18 years-old or older.
- Greater access to products and dispensaries.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Michigan
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Nail patella
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Severe nausea
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Tourette’s Disease
- A chronic of debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe or chronic pain
- Seizures (including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy)
- Severe and Persistent Muscle Spasms (including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
- Any other condition determined by your doctor and those considering your application to be acceptable for medical marijuana use
Cannabis Possession Limits in Michigan
Med & rec – 2.5 oz. cannabis outside the home, or 10 oz. cannabis inside the home. 15 grams concentrate.
Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Michigan
For medical card holders and rec users = Up to 12 plants per person.
Local Cannabis Laws in Michigan
The college town of Ann Arbor has enacted some of the most lenient laws on cannabis possession in the United States, and this has been the case since the 1970s. These include a 1972 city council ordinance, a 1974 voter referendum making possession of small amounts a civil infraction subject to a small fine, and a 2004 referendum on the medical use of cannabis. Since state law took precedence over municipal law, the far-stricter state cannabis laws were still enforced on University of Michigan property.
The following cities decriminalized marijuana prior to legalization: Ann Arbor (1972), Kalamazoo (2012), Detroit (2012), Flint (2012), Grand Rapids (2012), Ypsilanti (2012), Ferndale (2013), Jackson (2013), Lansing (2013), Hazel Park (2014), Oak Park (2014), Berkley (2014), Huntington Woods (2014), Mount Pleasant (2014), Pleasant Ridge (2014), Port Huron (2014), Saginaw (2014), East Lansing (2015), Keego Harbor (2015), and Portage (2015).