Overview of Michigan’s Marijuana Laws

The state of Michigan is way ahead of the rest of the states in the US in terms of marijuana legislation. Both Medical and Recreational Cannabis is legal in the state of Michigan. The state of Michigan legalized medical marijuana back in 2008 when it passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Later on, the state also legalized recreational marijuana in November of 2018 via a public vote for Proposal 1 of the revised Michigan marijuana laws. This made Michigan the 10th state in the US to legalize recreational cannabis.

The legal cannabis sale in Michigan state began on December first in 2019. However, there are still some persistent issues with the supply and retail of marijuana in Michigan. The original sales began in 2020 after the state moved official dates after December. In the beginning, the Michigan laws allowed for medical dispensaries to transfer up to 50% of their 30-day supply. In order to meet the huge demand. One interesting about marijuana laws in Michigan is that. Although it’s legal many cities in the state have opted out of it. In total 1,400 cities in Michigan have opted out of recreational sales, including Detroit.

However, most of them say that they’re just waiting for state authorities to properly finalize all the legislation before they begin the sale. Many people expected this system to be in place in 2020 but with the COVID pandemic, there are numerous deadline upsets. Hopefully, the marijuana industry will spread its wings in 2021. Before that happens let’s first discuss the laws that the authorities have finalized so you can get marijuana in Michigan once it’s available without worrying.

Possession:

Under proposal 1 of cannabis laws in Michigan adults, 21 years of age or older can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis outside of their home and up to 10 ounces in their home. They can also have any amount of marijuana produced in their home. In terms of home cultivation adults of the required age can have up to 12 plants at their homes. Moreover, you can only have up to 15 grams of concentrates on you at a given time.

The state also has a medical marijuana program. Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, patients suffering from certain state-approved debilitating conditions are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and any other marijuana-derived medicines. Patients qualifying for medical use can have up to 12 marijuana plants along with any cannabis products from these plants. The only restriction to cultivating cannabis in Michigan is that the plants must be kept in an enclosed, locked facility.

In addition, In case the person qualifying for the medical program specifies a caregiver. That caregiver is then eligible to have 12 marijuana plants as well as 2.5 ounces of useable marijuana. Another important factor to note is that Incidental or minute amounts of stems, stalks, seeds, and roots are not included in Michigan medical marijuana possession limit calculation.

Legal Purchase of Marijuana:

The weed laws in the state of Michigan allow for the legal purchase of marijuana as of December 2019. However, as discussed earlier many cities in the state have voluntarily banned marijuana. This makes buying cannabis extremely difficult right now. The good news in this regard is that many of these 1411 towns and cities are planning to roll out marijuana sales this year or in the next. Once more cities start to adopt marijuana sales statewide acceptance will increase.

Both Senate Bill 660 and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, limit the sale quantity of marijuana in the state. Patients can not obtain more than 2.5 ounces of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. The same goes for recreational cannabis users. In addition, Dispensaries reserve the right to limit sales. Based on laws and regulations of the local jurisdiction where the dispensary is located.

Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana:

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act specifies certain medical conditions for eligibility to a medical program. The medical cannabis law defines these people as “a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a ‘debilitating medical condition.”

The debilitating medical conditions include Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Nail Patella, Seizures, Severe & Chronic Pain, Severe & Persistent Muscle Spasms, Severe Nausea, and any other medical condition approved by the Department of Community Health.

Consumption:

Although possession of recreational cannabis is legal consumption is not legal everywhere according to Michigan weed laws. The public consumption of cannabis is strictly illegal as well as driving while consuming. The same rules apply to both medical and recreational users. People can only consume marijuana on private property out of view from the public and not in any public place or property.

Driving Under the Influence:

Driving under the influence of cannabis is a serious health and public safety risk. Therefore there are strict regulations against it. The Michigan state laws for cannabis state that driving under the influence of cannabis will be treated similar to a DUI with alcohol. Meaning the violators face steep fines and even jail time as punishment. So you must not smoke and drive at any point. Moreover, there are some public options that let you smoke and stay safe while traveling. As for special concessions for medical users, there are any right now. Driving with medical cannabis in your system is illegal for everyone in the state.

Marijuana Transport:

Patients in Michigan are eligible to transport marijuana. The law states that patients, caregivers, and adults of age can cry marijuana as long as marijuana or marijuana-derived products being transported are in a sealed and labeled package and in the trunk of the car. If there is no trunk in the vehicle, the marijuana must be kept in a location that is not readily accessible from the interior of the vehicle or by any of the patients.

Marijuana Export:

As marijuana is a controlled substance federally Exporting recreational or medical marijuana to other states is strictly prohibited and illegal under both Proposal 1 and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. In addition, medical cannabis is only prescribed for one patient and cannot be shared between people. The illegal forms of exporting cannabis include mailing, driving, shipping, flying, or boating cannabis across state lines.

Cannabis Delivery:

In light of the current pandemic situation across the world. Michigan has allowed for marijuana delivery for medical as well as recreational users. We do not know if the law will continue after the pandemic ends. However, recreational cannabis delivery might not continue.

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