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A Guide To Legal Marijuana In Michigan

Unlike the West Coast, states in the Midwest weren’t early adopters of legal weed. That all changed in 2018 when Michigan opened its doors to adult-use recreational marijuana. Although The Great Lakes State now has competition from Illinois, it will always retain its title as the first Midwest state to fully embrace weed.  Four years later you may be looking for more details so a guide to legal marijuana in Michigan should be looked at before you decide to imbibe cannabis.

Is Weed Legal In Michigan? — A Primer On Michigan Marijuana Laws

Michigan lawmakers began relaxing the state’s marijuana laws in 2008 when they passed the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. As the title suggests, this new law created the state’s official Medical Marijuana Registry. Now, any patient with a qualifying condition and a doctor’s approval could apply for an MMJ card. Once patients have their MMJ card, they could purchase cannabis from a state-approved dispensary or hire the services of a caretaker.

Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department (aka LARA) now looks over the state’s MMJ program. People who are interested in joining the Michigan MMJ Registry should visit this webpage for official info.

Ten years after establishing its MMJ program, Michigan residents legalized adult-use recreational cannabis with the Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana Act. Under this groundbreaking law, anyone over 21 could buy, sell, or use cannabis in the Wolverine State. This act also set up the state’s recreational dispensary program, which formally opened in 2019.

Shortly after Detroit, Michigan legalized recreational marijuana sales, LARA received dozens of applications for recreational dispensaries. Indeed, the state approved over 40 dispensaries just a few months after legalizing adult-use sales. Here are a few hot dispensaries now operating in the Great Lakes State:

FYI: the Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana Act allow local municipalities to “opt-out” of the state’s recreational cannabis program. Today, there are many cities and towns throughout Michigan that don’t allow dispensaries. Be sure to check your local government’s cannabis laws before purchasing recreational weed.

How Much Michigan Weed Could You Buy In A Day?

Michigan now allows adults to purchase 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower or 15 grams of concentrate from approved recreational dispensaries per day. You could also have as much as 10 ounces of recreational cannabis on your property at any given time. Just remember that you could only legally transport 2.5 ounces of weed when you’re out-and-about.

Like other states with recreational weed laws, Michigan doesn’t allow residents to use cannabis outdoors, at businesses, or in a vehicle. You must also keep your stash far away from federal territories like National Parks.

Are There Michigan Cannabis Delivery Services?

Michigan now allows dispensaries to apply for delivery licenses. If your dispensary has approval from LARA, then you could order recreational or medical weed from your smartphone. The limit for one “dagga delivery” is the same as an in-store pick-up: 2.5 ounces of flower or 15 grams of concentrate.

Are Michigan Residents Allowed To Grow Weed At Home?

Adults in Michigan can grow as many as 12 marijuana plants in their homes at any given time. Interestingly, the state doesn’t consider the buds you get from homegrown plants as a part of your possession limit. So, if you grow your weed, you don’t have to worry about getting exactly 10 ounces of flower from your seeds.

While the state prefers residents to grow ganja indoors, you could legally grow weed outdoors if it’s in a locked enclosure far from public view. If you live in a rental property, you must speak with your landlord before growing marijuana.

Of course, please remember it’s illegal to sell any marijuana you grow without a dispensary license. You could, however, give 2.5 ounces of your flower to a friend.

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