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Michigan Laws and Penalties

Under Michigan law marijuana is listed as a Schedule I controlled substance.

An adult may possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana; up to 15 grams of marijuana may be marijuana concentrate.

Within a residence, an adult may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by marijuana cultivated on the premises.

An adult who possesses more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana within a residence must store the excess amount in a secure container. Possession of more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 5.0 ounces of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and forfeiture of the marijuana for a first offense.

Possession of more than 5.0 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor. No term of imprisonment will be imposed unless the possession involved violence or was “habitual, willful and for a commercial purpose.”

Possession in or within 1,000 feet of a park is either a felony or a misdemeanor, based on the judge’s discretion, and is punishable by a maximum of 2 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000.

  • Michigan Code Section 333.7212 Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.1 (a) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, No. 1, Sec. 5.1 (b) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.2754, No. 1, Sec. 4.1 (i) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27965, Sec 15.2(a) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, No. 1, Sec 15.4 Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.7410a Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.7411 Web Search
Sale or Distribution

An adult may transfer up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to another adult as long as there is no remuneration and the transfer is not advertised or promoted to the public. Distribution of less than 5 ounces without remuneration is a civil infraction with no incarceration possible and a maximum $500 fine.

The sale of less than 5 kilograms is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 4 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $20,000.

The sale of 5 kilograms – 45 kilograms is a felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000.

The sale of 45 kilograms or more is a felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000,000.

  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.1 (d) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.7401(2)(d) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.7410 Web Search
Cultivation

An adult may grow up to 12 marijuana plants at the adult’s residence for personal use.

An adult may not grow marijuana plants “if the plants are visible from a public place” or if the plants are growing outside of a secure area. A violation of this section is punishable as a civil offense with a fine not to exceed $100 and forfeiture of the marijuana.

The cultivation of up to 24 plants for personal use is a civil infraction with no incarceration and maximum $500 fine.

The cultivation of 25 – 200 plants for personal use is a misdemeanor. A term of imprisonment may be imposed if “the violation was habitual, willfull, and for a commercial purpose or the violation involved violence.”

The cultivation of more than 200 plants for personal use is a misdemeanor. A term of imprisonment may be imposed if “the violation was habitual, willfull, and for a commercial purpose or the violation involved violence.”

  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.1(a) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27954, Sec. 4.1 (f) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27965, Sec. 15.1 Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.7401 Web Search
Hash & Concentrates

In Michigan, marijuana and hashish are punished in the same manner. The statutory definition of “marihuana” includes “all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin.” Hashish, hashish oil, and extracts clearly fall under this definition. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details on Michigan’s criminal sanction on cannabis.

An adult may possess up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrate.

An adult may transfer up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrate to another adult as long as there is no remuneration and the transfer is not advertised or promoted to the public.

  • Michigan Code § 333.7106 Web Search
  • People v. Campbell, 72 Mich App. 411 249 N.W.2d 870 (1977). Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.1(a) Web Search
  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.1(b) Web Search
Paraphernalia

An adult may buy and use marijuana paraphernalia and may sell marijuana paraphernalia to another adult..

  • Michigan Code Section 333.27955, Sec. 5.2 Web Search
Miscellaneous

Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for 6 months.

  • Michigan Code § 257.319e Web Search
Ann Arbor

In Ann Arbor, the penalty for being caught with marijuana is a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $100 for the third offense. Marijuana is not decriminalized on the University of Michigan’s campus.

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Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual’s criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.

EXPUNGEMENT

This state has enacted legislation explicitly providing the opportunity for those with marijuana convictions for activities that have since been decriminalized/legalized to have past marijuana convictions expunged, vacated, otherwise set aside, or sealed from public view.

Legalization

Generally, legalization means a policy that supports a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source.

LOCAL DECRIMINALIZATION

This state has local jurisdictions that have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective.

Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association

Protecting the health and safety of Michigan citizens is the Number One priority of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association.

Product Safety

Michigan is poised to become a national leader in safe, high-quality cannabis. That’s why the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association (MCMA) supports working together to end the avalanche of untested and potentially unsafe cannabis flooding the Michigan market.

Supply Needs

The MCMA is committed to ensuring EVERY Michigander has access to safe, tested, labeled and legal product.

Michigan Cannabis Legislation

The MCMA is committed to customer and product safety, enforcement and an even playing field in a regulated cannabis marketplace.

Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association News

Hemp Industry Daily: Michigan House advances legislation to regulate delta-8 THC

State lawmakers in Michigan on Tuesday approved a package of bills requiring hemp-derived delta-8 THC, along with other intoxicants that mimic a cannabis high, to be regulated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency. The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee unanimously approved the bills, which now advance to the full House for a vote. The action, …

MCMA applauds House Regulatory Reform Committee approval of Delta 8 THC legislation

The Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association today applauded the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee’s unanimous approval of a package of bills requiring hemp-based Delta 8 THC and all other intoxicants that mimic a cannabis high to be regulated by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency. Committee approval of the bills follows MCMA Executive Director Stephen Linder’s testimony …

MCMA testifies on Delta 8 THC legislation

The Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association on Tuesday testified in support of legislation requiring the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency to regulate hemp-based Delta 8 THC products, which mimic a cannabis high and have flooded the marketplace. The legislation includes state House Bills 4740-4745 and House Bill 4517. One of the guiding principles of the MCMA is …