Michigan Marijuana Compliance

Both medical and adult-use (over age 21) recreational marijuana are legal in the state of Michigan. However, this has no impact on an employer's right to drug test employees and job candidates. Employers may discipline or refuse to hire employees based on positive drug tests and have no requirement to accommodate medical marijuana use in the workplace, even if the employee has a valid prescription.

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Michigan Marijuana Compliance

Michigan Marijuana Laws

Overall Status: Fully Legal

Under Michigan marijuana laws, both adult-use recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state of Michigan, as long as users follow Michigan marijuana compliance rules.

Medical Marijuana: Legal

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Michigan since the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, also called the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative, was passed in 2008. This allows qualifying patients to gain legal access to medical cannabis by obtaining a registry ID card.

To qualify for medical marijuana use in Michigan, patients must be 18 or older. Patients can also designate a primary caregiver who is 21 years of age or older. The "debilitating medical conditions" currently listed under the medical marijuana act include:

Alzheimer's disease
Crohn's disease
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease
Hepatitis C
Nail-patella syndrome

In addition, patients may qualify for medical marijuana if their conditions or treatment cause one or more of the following:

Severe nausea
Severe and chronic pain
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Decriminalized: Yes

Since recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan, there are no criminal penalties for possession of 2.5 ounces or less. The first offense for possession of more than 2.5 ounces and up to 5 ounces is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of up to $500. Possession of more than 5 ounces is a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500. There is no jail time associated with marijuana possession in Michigan.

Recreational Marijuana: Legal

Recreational marijuana became legal in November of 2018 when voters in Michigan approved the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA). This act allowed adults aged 21 and over to possess and consume cannabis in the state.

According to Michigan's recreational marijuana laws, adults over age 21 may possess a maximum of 2.5 ounces of marijuana, including no more than 15 grams of cannabis concentrate. In addition, adults may grow up to 12 marijuana plants in their homes and may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes. Adults may also give away small amounts of cannabis but cannot legally sell it unless they have a license.

Last updated 1/15/2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical and adult-use recreational marijuana are both legal in Michigan. Medical marijuana users must be at least 18 years of age and have a registry ID card. Recreational users must be 21 and can carry a maximum of 2.5 ounces.

What is Michigan's history with marijuana?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008 but legal dispensaries weren't allowed since 2016. Recreational adult-use was officially legalized in 2018 and the first legal dispensaries opened in 2019.

Marijuana state vs federal laws sometimes vary. Use is illegal at the federal level, but the 10th amendment delegates police powers to the states, so states can choose not to prosecute individuals at the state level.

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