Michigan allows the legal use of medical marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008 made it legal to grow and use marijuana for debilitating medical conditions. Voters spoke loudly, with all 83 counties and 63% of citizens voting yes.
“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 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 this act.”
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) is the state registry program for patients. Users are encouraged to carry their paperwork in case they encounter law enforcement.
Lawmakers are are currently in the process of debating several bills that would regulate medical marijuana in Michigan. They have been in committee and advocates were hopeful that things may finally move forward before the summer recess. But if this is progress, it is painfully slow. The proposed bills would allow extractions and edibles and require a seed to sale tracking system and create protections for the businesses.
Michiganders have come out in force with MILegalize leading the march to legalize. They have over 354,000 signatures submitted to show solidarity and the will of the voters, but officials have claimed that the numbers still are short of what is necessary to make it a ballot measure by over 100,000 after ruling that they did not conform to a 180 day window rule that has been in effect for decades. Several groups that have led similar petition signature drives have complained about this seemingly archaic rule and question its constitutionality. MILegalize lawyers have vowed to sue if denied the right to be on the November ballot. It looks like this fight will be determined in court. Keep fighting Michigan.
Of course, if the voters don’t do it, the lawmakers could decide to act. HB 4877 in the House and Senate, SB 813 are the ones to watch. Either could result in the end of marijuana prohibition in the state, the end of severe penalties and establishing tax revenue from the legal sales.
Michigan Marijuana Dispensaries
Is Marijuana legal in Michigan?
No. As of June 2016, recreational marijuana is not legal in Michigan.
Where can I buy marijuana?
Currently, there are no legal outlets in Michigan where residents can purchase marijuana.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Michigan?
MILegalize has been helping lead the conversation and calls itself the “the first grassroots cannabis legalization petition in the history of the United States.”
What is the punishment if I’m caught with marijuana?
Don’t be fooled into thinking Michigan is soft on marijuana. They are just as backwards as many other states, arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens for owning or consuming an herb. If you are caught with any amount of marijuana, you could be jailed for a year, given a $2,000 fine and possibly charged with a felony. Do the same in a park and you could face two years in jail! Simple use of marijuana can result in a $100 fine and 90 days of lockup. Tourists who enjoy cannabis should spend their money where they are appreciated and protected. Michigan doesn’t deserve you money yet.
I want to apply to get my Michigan medical marijuana card, where do I go?
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, LARA, is the regulatory agency that deals with medical marijuana. If you want more information about requirements, rules and process, check with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, LARA.
Click for the Application and instructions checklist.
Can get a medical marijuana card if I am not a resident of the state?
No, Michigan law requires that you prove residency by applying with either a valid state issued Michigan ID proving you are at least 18 years of age or valid Michigan voter card.
Where can I go on vacation now and enjoy my basic civil right to consume cannabis?
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