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Michigan Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Peters, Gary - (D - MI) 

724 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6221

Contact: www.peters.senate.gov/content/contact-gary


Stabenow, Debbie - (D - MI) 

731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4822

Contact: www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact


Marijuana Policy Project on Michigan:

Last update: October 8, 2015

Cannabis decriminalization and legalization, one city at a time

Last year marked the addition of eight more cities to the ranks of those that have adopted decrim measures, bringing the total number to 18. Michiganians are sending the message loud and clear to state legislators — it’s time to improve state law and eliminate criminal penalties for personal possession! Another such measure will be before voters this November in Portage. For a complete list of cities that have either lowered or removed criminal penalties for marijuana possession in Michigan, click here.

Two groups have expressed interest in placing statewide legalization measures on the November 2016 ballot and have begun gathering the signatures necessary to get the initiatives included in the election. Read more about the various efforts here.

Regulatory bills pass the House

Several important bills to expand patients’ access to medical cannabis preparations passed the House and are being transmitted to the Senate. Rep. Mike Callton’s HB 4209 would establish important protections for Michigan’s medical marijuana businesses and patients by setting up a regulated and licensed dispensary system. A second bill, HB 4210, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Lyons, would clearly allow extractions and the products made from them, such as edibles. A third related bill, Rep. Klint Kesto’s HB 4827, would require an electronic “seed to sale” tracking system for cannabis plants and cannabis products.

These bills are not perfect, but the vast majority of their provisions reflect similar regulatory systems in other medical marijuana states and provide important protections for businesses that do not exist today. We hope they can be further improved in the Senate prior to passage before the end of the year. 

A regulatory system is overdue. There are far too many cases in which those who provide critical services to help the state’s seriously ill patients are treated like criminals in Michigan.

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program

Application forms, along with the full text of the law and accompanying regulations, can be found at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.

Under the MMMA, patients can choose to either cultivate their own medical marijuana in an enclosed, locked facility or to designate a caregiver to do so for them. Caregivers can assist no more than five patients. Also, note that in late 2012, the legislature passed several bills that changed the way the program works. Here’s a helpful summary of those new laws.

Michigan Cannabis News


LANSING — A fully developed legal market for medical marijuana in Michigan could lead to millions of dollars in new state tax revenue.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system under legislation that has won final legislative approval and that is expected to be signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan says there’s still time to get the question on the November ballot.

Should it cost $2-3 million for a citizens' group to get a question on Michigan ballots? That's what people say who are protesting against the 180-day limit on collecting signatures.