1 December, 2019

Status: Legal


2008: Medical cannabis was legalised
2014: Possession of small amounts of cannabis for recreational use decriminalised
2018: Cannabis legalised for recreational purposes (sales aren’t projected to begin until mid-2020)

Policy Framework:

Expungement: Manual

  • Must be over the age of 21 to consume, purchase or possess cannabis;
  • Driving under the influence is prohibited;
  • Consuming cannabis in a public space is prohibited;
  • Possession in excess of 2.5oz (70g) is prohibited unless the excess is concealed in a container equipped with locks;
  • Recreational cannabis will be subject to a 15% excise tax on top of the standard sales tax;
  • Distribution of less than 5oz (141g) but more than 2.5oz (without remuneration) is a civil infraction punishable by a fine;
  • People may cultivate their own cannabis at home as long as it remains under the home plant possession limit of 12 plants;
  • Distribution of more than 5oz with remuneration is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $US10,000,000.


  • Too early to determine outcomes of recreational cannabis legalisation;
  • In 2018, sales of medical marijuana reached $US633 million;
  • Between 2005 and 2017, cannabis use disorder in people over the age of 12 decreased from 2.0% to 1.6%.

Source: https://crime-data-explorer.fr.cloud.gov/explorer/state/michigan/crime

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