Michigan's legalization of Cannabis/ Marijuana

Updated: Sep 1

Medical use of Cannabis/ Marijuana was legalized in 2008 through the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative. Over 50% of the voters of Michigan voted for legalization. The measure allowed patients with a physician's recommendation to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for treatment of certain qualifying medical conditions. Although it did not allow dispensaries to operate, it did allow patients or their caregivers to cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants. There have been legal medical dispensaries throughout Michigan since September 2016 and there is No doctor's recommendation required for purchase of medicalCannabis/ Marijuana within the state. There is a set taxation rate of 3% on medical cannabis and they allow the use of non-smokable forms such as topicals and edibles within the state. The state of Michigan as of August 2020 acknowledges cannabis use for:

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Autism

  • Cancer

  • Crohn's disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Glaucoma


  • Multiple sclerosis

  • PTSD

  • Seizures

  • Wasting syndrome

As of August 2020 Michigan still did not acknowledge cannabis use for Parkinson's disease.

On November 6, 2018 Michigan legalized Cannabis/ Marijuana for recreational use and the first dispensaries opened to the public on December 1, 2019. 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). Over 50% of the voters of Michigan voted for legalization. Check out the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act- Act 281 of 2016.


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