Marijuana in Michigan: 10 Fast Facts
Even if you know a lot about cannabis in Michigan, chances are, you don’t know everything. With the recreational marijuana law still just a few years old, why not brush up on your knowledge about all things cannabis in Michigan?
Read on for 10 fast facts about marijuana in Michigan, from some simple rules to the economic benefit the industry is already having on the state.
Medical marijuana is nothing new in Michigan.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan for more than a decade. The medical marijuana proposal was voted on during the November 2008 election and passed with 63% of the voters approving it.
Michigan was ahead of the curve for legalizing recreational cannabis.
Michigan voters passed Proposal 1 on Nov. 6, 2018. The move made Michigan the 10th state in the U.S., and first in the Midwest, to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes.
It’s big bucks.
Michigan had a nearly $3.2 billion cannabis market in 2020, according to a June 2021 study by the Anderson Economic Group, commissioned by the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association (MCMA). The same study found that the regulated cannabis industry produced a whopping $169 million in tax and fee revenues in 2020.
Don’t cannabis and drive.
While recreational cannabis is legal, you still can’t drive while under the influence of marijuana. You also can’t smoke pot inside a vehicle.
Don’t take it with you.
Even though recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, that’s still not the case in many other states, so you aren’t allowed to cross state lines with cannabis.
Make sure you’re of age and following the rules.
In Michigan, recreational cannabis is legal for those 21 and over, and you’re also allowed to buy and legally carry 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of cannabis or 15 grams (0.53 ounces) of concentrates.
Buy smart- and legal.
Many Michigan municipalities have banned recreational marijuana dispensaries, so make sure you’re buying from a licensed cannabis retailer in an approved area. This guide features some great options.
It’s spelled, er, different.
Michigan law spells marijuana with an “h” in place, as “marihuana.” The move dates back to Michigan’s first cannabis law, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which set the precedent for using the “h” version.
Michigan has a popular marijuana event.
One of the oldest cannabis-loving events in the U.S. is right here in Michigan. Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash first took place on April 1, 1972, and has continued the tradition nearly ever year since.
You have lots of buying options.
Michigan has nearly 400 licensed medical provisioning centers and 300 licensed adult-use retail stores, according to a June 2021 study by the Anderson Economic Group, commissioned by the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association (MCMA).