🌱 Michigan is leading the way in legalizing cannabis in the Midwest, being the first Midwestern state to legalize MMJ (2008) and adult-use (2018) 👏🏆🥇⠀It was the 13th state to legalize MMJ and the 10th state to legalize adult-use/recreational marijuana. Even prior to legalization, Michigan was more progressive than most states, many cities decriminalized and made enforcement of cannabis laws lowest priority as early as 1972, beginning with Ann Arbor.⠀
🌱Oddly, the 2008 MMJ law (Proposition 1, the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative) did not allow for dispensaries, although several communities allowed them to operate and the state did not interfere 🏪⠀⠀
Patient limits are higher than other states; you can grow up to 12 plants at home, travel with up to 2.5 oz. of flower, possess up to 10 oz. of flower at home (anything above 2.5 oz. must be kept in a locked location) and gift up to 2.5 oz. There are approximately 293,000 MMJ cardholders 😲⠀
🌱A March 2019 executive order replaced a politically appointed, volunteer board that met monthly with the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) which is tasked with expediting the licensing process for MMJ dispensaries and drafting rules by December 2019 for the adult-use market. All of those non-licensed MMJ dispensaries operating without state interference for years? They’re now engaged in the rather unpleasant and complex process of getting licensed. Adult-use dispensaries are expected to be operating by the first quarter of 2020.
🌱Other MI Cannafacts:
Michigan is one of two states (the other being Alaska) that “have not created a path to expungement for conduct that is now legal”
Medical edibles maximum dose is 50 mg 🍭🍫🍪⠀
Products requiring refrigeration are prohibited ⠀
Some Ohio MMJ patients choose to drive to Michigan to purchase their medicine, even with the cost of gas products can be less expensive in Michigan’s more mature market. Others go to Michigan simply because it’s geographically the closest dispensary to their home.
Northern Michigan University & Lake Superior State University offer classes and degrees in Cannabis Chemistry
Sources: Wikipedia, Metro Times, MI Tech News, Freep, Ganjapreneur