Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here’s what to know about the law
You can grow up to 12 plants indoors
Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Digital Managing Editor
DETROIT – As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan.
According to the new Michigan law, a person who is at least 21 years old is allowed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana within his or her place of residence unless any excess marijuana is stored in a container or area equipped with locks “or other functioning security devices that restrict access to the contents of the container or area.”
That’s how the law reads.
Of course, while growing and using is legal, law enforcement officials are reminding residents that marijuana will be treated like alcohol: You can’t drive while under the influence, and using it openly in public can get you arrested.
But how much can you grow and where can you grow it?
Legal adults in Michigan are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants inside their residence. That’s according to the proposal language that was approved.
According to the new law, individuals are not allowed to grow marijuana:
That means you’re going to want to be growing indoors, or outside in a shed or grow house. Keep in mind this is Michigan — the weather changes rapidly.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana caregivers in Michigan are still allowed up to five patients registered to him or her and can grow up to 12 plants for each of them. If the caregiver is also a patient and has five patients, he or she can grow up to 72 marijuana plants. Medical marijuana growers will emphasize the importance of having enough plants to serve a patient, or multiple patients, adequately with the correct strains at the correct times. This is where it can get complicated. Moreover, if you ever hear a grower use the term “cloning,” then you know they’ve been through the process extensively.
Michigan is first in Midwest
Michigan is the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Here are the other states where recreational marijuana is legal and when it was made legal:
Growing marijuana in Michigan compared to other states
Michigan is one of only two states, the other being Alaska, where households are allowed to grow 12 marijuana plants. Most of those states listed above allow only six plants per household.
In Alaska, households are allowed to grow 12 plants if at least two adults (21 and older) live in the household. In Michigan, any household with at least one adult 21 and older is allowed to grow 12 plants.
That makes Michigan’s household marijuana cultivation law the least strict out of all of the states.
State issues marijuana sales licenses
The state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) needs to issue the appropriate licenses for anyone who wants to start a recreational marijuana business.
Here are the license types that are offered:
If you’re looking to grow some plants at your house for you, then you’re looking for the Class A license.
By the way . here’s why you may see the state spell marijuana as ‘marihuana’
LARA offers the following explanation for why you may see the department refer to marijuana as “marihuana,” substituting the “j” for an “h”:
The spelling of marijuana has a long history in the United States. Michigan’s history primarily starts from the spelling that was chosen for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Michigan adopted its statutory definition of marijuana in the Public Health Code, utilizing the then current federal spelling, marihuana.
As governing state laws spell marihuana with an “h,” BMR legal communication and references to statutes in relation to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act or the Michigan Medical Facilities Licensing Act or the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act – and the corresponding administrative rules will use an “h” in the spelling of Marihuana. In non-formal communication, “j” will generally be used.
An act of the Michigan Legislature would be required in order to change the spelling of marijuana in the Michigan statutes, such as the Public Health Code or the newer marijuana laws.
For more coverage of marijuana in Michigan, go here.
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As of Dec. 6, 2018 it is legal to grow your own marijuana in the state of Michigan.
Can You Grow Marijuana in Michigan
“Can I grow Marijuana?” is a very popular question in any state of the United States, Michigan is certainly no exception. Before you start home growing in your State, make sure you know the answer. Stay compliant with your state laws, or else you may risk criminal penalties.
It is legal to grow marijuana in Michigan. But there are certain rules you must follow. If you are interested in starting home cannabis marijuana here is all you need to know about marijuana laws in Michigan, to help you avoid any uncomfortable situations with the law.
How Much Marijuana Can You Grow in Michigan
A lot. Adults of 21 or older can grow up to 12 plants at home. This is adult home grow, which is different from other states that only allow medical home grow. Opposed to the majority of states that allow only six plants per household, in Michigan you can grow double that limit, Alaska is the other state with 12 plants per house limit.
Take note that the limit is per household and not per person. Meaning, if there are two adults the limit is still twelve and not 24 plants.
For medical marijuna caregivers, in Michigan they are allowed up to five patients registered to them and can grow up to 12 plants for each of them.
Here is the Full Text of the Law that allows Home Growing in Michigan
Do I Need a License to Grow Marijuana in Michigan
To grow marijuana in your home in Michigan as long as you comply with the state limit mentioned and it is destined exclusively for personal use, you do not need a license.
Where can I grow my Marijuana in Michigan
Michigan does have limitations on where you can keep your plants. The law states that:
- Plants can’t be visible to the public, without the use of binoculars, aircrafts or other optical aids.
- Plants can’t grow outside of an enclosed area equipped with locks or other functioning security devices that restrict access to the area.
Can I Make Cannabis Concentrate?
If you are a Michigan resident who is interested in turning your home grown flower into homemade extracts, the good news is that there is no limit to the amount of concentrate you can keep from your Michigan home grown plants.
The not so good news is that using volatile substances to produce concentrates are strictly prohibited in Michigan. This includes the use of butane, extreme heat, or dangerous lab equipment all together.
You can still use natural heat or water based methods to make your own concentrates, like bubble bags or ethanol without heat or pressure.
The point is, you could only produce cannabis concentrates using volatile substances if you have a licensed non-residential facility.
Can I Sell What I Grow Home?
In Michigan, home growers can’t profit from selling their home grown. Selling marijuana without state and local licensing is illegal.
However, gifting marijuana and infused products to adults over 21 in Michigan, is not illegal.
You can give up to 2.5 ounces of usable flower or 15 grams of concentrate.
Don’t miss out on our Marijuana Legalization Map where you can browse the current status of laws in every state in the United States and see all our posts on each of them.
“Can I grow Marijuana?” is a very popular question in any state of the United States, Michigan is certainly no exception. Stay compliant with your state laws, or else you may risk criminal penalties.