Marijuana Laws in Michigan

Michigan’s modern history with marijuana starts in 1967, when the Michigan Daily, encouraged the state to legalize weed. However, two years later, activist and poet John Sinclair was imprisoned for ten years for offering a couple of joints to two undercover cops. It led to the 1971 John Sinclair Freedom Rally protesting the poet’s jailing.

The following passages will elaborate on the marijuana and CBD laws of Michigan.

 

Marijuana in Michigan

 

In late-2018 – backed by a 55.9% voter-approval – Michigan became the first state in Midwest, and the second-most inhabited one in the U.S. to legalize marijuana. The Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation is planning to finalize the draft rules by June 2019 to enable the commercial cultivation and trade of adult-use marijuana. The Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs can formulate administrative rules and initiate the process of applications by December 6, 2019.

 

Moreover, a 10% tax is levied on all marijuana sales, which will go to the local governments, education, and transportation infrastructure. Proposition 1 has also converted violations into civil infractions from crimes. The Wolverine State is slated to earn a mammoth $0.633 billion by the year 2022.

 

Medical Marijuana

 

In 2008, 63% of the Michigan voters approved a medical cannabis measure. However, the measure didn’t establish any trade regulations for the businesses. The state’s lack of controls caused hurdles for years. In fact, a May 2016 court ruling dismantled the medical dispensary system altogether in the Water Winter Wonderland.

 

Finally, in 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signatured three bills to form a regulatory system for medicinal cannabis businesses. The laws also contained enhanced protections for qualified patients. The state has close to 300,000 registered patients, who contributed towards monumental revenues of $869 millions in 2018. Although, legal access to adult-use cannabis will sedate medical sales to $698 million by 2022.

 

CBD Oil Laws in Michigan

 

The House Bill 5439 of 2018 initiated the hemp research program in the Great Lake State. Later, on  December 20, the federal approval of Farm Bill 2018 legalized industrial hemp across the country. Therefore, on December 28, the state of Michigan amended its Industrial Hemp Research Act to create the new Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act by approving the HB 6330, HB 6331 and HB 6380.

 

As of March 2019, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is vigorously working on creating a state industrial hemp plan as mandated by the new Agriculture Improvement Act.

 

Conclusion

 

In 2018 Michigan became the first state in Midwest to legalize cannabis. The Michigan Bureau of Marijuana Regulation intends to finalize the draft rules by June 2019 to allow the commercial cultivation and trade of recreational marijuana. The Wolverine State is set to earn a sizeable $0.633 billion by 2022. The state has a functioning medical marijuana system serving nearly 300,000 registered patients, who contributed towards mammoth revenues of $869 million in 2018.

 

Lastly, in line with the Farm Bill 2018, the state of Michigan amended its Industrial Hemp Research Act to create the new Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act by approving the HB 6330, HB 6331 and HB 6380.

 

 

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