Marijuana in Michigan: What You Need to Know


Ryan Allway

April 15th, 2019

Policy


While recreational marijuana use legalized in Michigan in 2018, legal frameworks are not expected to be complete until 2020. The state has had a medical marijuana landscape in place since 2008 however, so a thriving dispensary scene is already in place. In this article, we will look at the prevalence of cannabis use in Michigan and its potential future market, the laws governing use and possession, the impact of legalization there on the Midwest region, and then round up a partial list of current dispensaries and resources.

The Michigan Marijuana Market

When adult recreational use passed in Michigan, the law gave local jurisdictions the choice over whether they want the legal cannabis industry to operate in their town or not. More than 130 different local communities have passed ordinances that allow medical marijuana businesses to operate in Michigan, meaning a robust market is already established. Although more than 400 cities opted out or have not established the legality of cannabis, most people in Michigan are located close enough to a legalized municipality to make purchasing cannabis products easy.

According to the Lansing Business Review, Michigan has the potential to become the third largest medical marijuana market in the country, behind California and Colorado. In 2018, nearly 250,000 medical marijuana patients were registered in the state, and with adult recreational use now legalized the number of consumers is expected to fly through the roof. Regulated recreational stores are expected to open in 2020.

Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan

The Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative was passed in 2008, making it the 13th state to legalize cannabis in the USA. While adult recreational use was decriminalized in 2018, many towns already had decriminalization laws on the books. The university town of Anne Arbor passed an ordinance in 1972 for example, which made them a pioneer of marijuana legalization not just in the United States but around the world. This has greatly contributed to the later legalization pushes and the widespread cannabis culture that is active in Michigan at the present.

Personal possession and cultivation are now legal for all adults over the age of 21 in Michigan, which is the second most populous state to have passed adult recreational use laws. Possession is limited to 2.5 ounces and cultivation is limited to 12 plants although up to 10 ounces may be possessed by each individual if it is stored under lock and key. Marijuana is also an approved medicinal substance for over two dozen different qualifying conditions and patients can receive herb from a qualified caregiver.

The Impact of Michigan’s Legalization on the Midwest Region

Michigan is the first state in the MidWest region to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, meaning that it will affect the entire area. Also the most populous state in the Midwest, Michigan stands to become a model for marijuana legalization and pave the way for other states to pass similar legislation, according to a recent article in High Times Magazine. In the meantime, consumers from other MidWest states in order to purchase cannabis products legally, which will be an economic boon to the cannabis economy.

States like Illinois and Missouri already have medicinal marijuana programs in place, and the passage of recreational use in Michigan will surely encourage them and others to follow suit. The entire midwest is expected to be a major player in the multi-billion dollar cannabis industry with sales in Michigan alone projected to reach nearly 900 million dollars by 2015. Illinois recently passed a groundbreaking “Opioids Bill” which allows patients to trade in their opioid-based medications for cannabis instead. If and when this program is extended across the Midwest region daily cannabis use will become a norm for millions of people.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Michigan

Adult recreational vendors are projected to open in 2020, but right now these are just some of the medicinal marijuana dispensaries that have been in operation since the Compassionate Care Initiative was passed in 2008. Here is a partial list of dispensaries found in the two main markets, Detroit and Anne Arbor, taken from Potguide.com, visit them for a complete list of all dispensaries in Michigan.

Detroit

420 Dank

11999 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI 48213(313) 284-3063

5 & Dime

20561 Dwyer St Detroit, MI 48234(313) 733-6006

Amplified

19709 W Seven Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48219(313) 766-5662

BotaniQ Detroit

2540 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI 48216(313) 450-1400

Chronic Releaf

21651 W Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48219(313) 693-4564

Corktown Collective

2101 W Lafayette Blvd Ste 106 Detroit, MI 48216(313) 265-3740

Far West Holistic Center

21221 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48219(313) 977-9911

Green Cross

14239 Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48219(888) 420-2790

Green Door Alternative

7304 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48210(313) 254-9468

Green Genie

24600 W McNichols Rd Detroit, MI 48219(313) 977-9027

Healing Tree Wellness Center

15308 Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48205(313) 466-3366

House of Dank

3340 Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48234(313) 305-4040

King SeaWeed

3600 E Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48234(313) 733-4158

Michigan Medical

14917 Gratiot Ave Ste B Detroit, MI 48205(313) 264-1999

Motor City Kush Detroit

10 E 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48203(313) 707-0903

Motown Meds

18334 W Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48228(313) 914-2319

Nature’s Alternative

15837 Mack Ave Detroit, MI 48224(313) 885-0000

Plan B Wellness Center

20101 W Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48219(248) 470-4638

THC Detroit

19533 W Warren Ave Detroit, MI 48228(313) 266-7738

The Green Mile Detroit

6650 E Eight Mile Rd Detroit, MI 48234(313) 826-1479

The House of Mary Jane

19154 James Couzens Fwy Detroit, MI 48235(313) 340-9202

Utopia Gardens

6541 E Lafayette St Detroit, MI 48207(313) 332-0544

Anne Arbor

Ann Arbor Health Patient Collective

3060 Packard St Ann Arbor, MI 48108(734) 929-5645

Arbors Wellness

321 E Liberty St Ann Arbor, MI 48104(734) 929-2602

ArborSide

1818 Packard St Ann Arbor, MI 48104(734) 213-1420

Bloom City Club

423 Miller Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48103(734) 585-0621

Exclusive Provisioning Center

3820 Varsity Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48108(734) 494-0772

Green Planet

700 Tappan Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 845-2172

Liv Wellness

603 E William St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 780-7018

Medicine Man of Ann Arbor

2793 Plymouth Rd Ste K
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 800-4194

Om of Medicine

112 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-8255

People’s Choice Alternative Medicine

2245 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 369-8573

Treecity Health Collective

2730 Jackson Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(734) 369-3212

Marijuana Advocacy Organizations and Resources in Michigan

Michigan NORML – minorml.org

Americans for Safe Access, Michigan Chapter – www.safeaccessnow.org/michigan_advocacy

The Detroit Free Press Marijuana Coverage – www.freep.com/news/marijuana/

Ryan Allway

About Ryan Allway

Mr. Allway has over a decade of experience in the financial markets as both a private investor and financial journalist. He has been actively involved in the cannabis industry since its inception, covering public and private companies.


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