Michigan Marijuana Laws

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Michigan State Information Page

  • Medical and recreational use is legalized.
  • Decriminalized statewide for personal use
  • Adult residents may possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis
  • Cultivation of up to twelve plants per residence is allowed
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Medical Cannabis Savings

Taxes explained and the benefits of getting your medical card in Michigan

Recreational Marijuana Taxes in Michigan

16% (10% excise + 6% sales tax)

Medical Marijuana Taxes in Michigan

6% sales tax



Estimated Savings Having a Medical Marijuana Card

Marijuana has been legal for recreational use in Michigan since 2018 for adults, and Michigan medical marihuana has been legal since 2008 for medical cardholders and primary caregivers. 

State Laws and Offenses

Here’s a list of penalties for Michigan possession, sale, and distribution of marijuana, concentrate, or paraphernalia.

  • Marijuana is a Schedule I substance according to Michigan state law
  • Federally, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance.
  • An adult may possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana; up to fifteen grams of marijuana may be marijuana concentrate. Marijuana possession of up to ten ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by marijuana cultivated on the premise within a residence.
  • Distribution of fewer than five ounces without remuneration is a civil infraction with no incarceration possible and a maximum 500 USD fine.
  • An adult may grow up to twelve marijuana plants at the adult’s residence for personal use.
  • An adult may buy and use marijuana paraphernalia and may sell marijuana paraphernalia to another adult.
  • Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for six months.

Michigan medical marijuana laws allow patients with the following medical conditions to apply for a medical cannabis card and purchase medical cannabis:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail Patella
  • Chronic or debilitating nausea
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Seizures (including epilepsy)
  • Severe and Persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis)
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Severe and Chronic pain
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Other debilitating conditions approved by a medical marijuana patients doctor


Book An Appointment

You will schedule an online appointment with a Leafy DOC medical marijuana doctor at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor.



Consult with a doctor for 15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.



Within 24 hours after the evaluation, the doctor will send your certificate via email for your recommendation for medical marijuana. After receiving that recommendation, you can then apply with the state of Michigan to complete the registration process.

Does Michigan accept out-of-state medical cards?

Michigan accepts out-of-state medical cards, and adult medical patients that aren’t Michigan residents can visit a legal dispensary to purchase marijuana with an ID, without a Michigan medical card.

When does my Michigan medical card expire?

Medical cards expire two years from the date the patient completes the registration process with the state.

Michigan marijuana DUI laws

Here are the penalties in Michigan for driving under the influence: 

  • First offense – One or more of the following – community service for not more than 360 hours; imprisonment for not more than 93 days; fine of not more than 300 USD.
  • Second offense – fine of not less than 200 USD or more than 1,000 USD; one or more of the following – imprisonment for not less than five days or more than one year, community service for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days. 
  • Third and subsequent offense– felony – fine of not less than 500 USD or more than 5,000 USD; either of the following – imprisonment for not less than one year or more than five years; probation with imprisonment for not less than 30 days or more than one year with community service for at least 60 days, but less than 180 days.

Michigan marijuana growing laws

Yes. You must be 21 years or older and can grow up to twelve cannabis plants in your home, out of sight from the public.

Michigan public consumption laws

Michigan prohibits people from consuming marijuana in a public place or on a property where the owner or manager prohibits using the drug.

This law does not include a place designated for weed consumption within a municipality that has authorized consumption in certain areas not accessible to underage people. 

Michigan city specific laws

The laws listed here are for the state. Cities, counties, schools, universities, and employers may set their own rules and consequences. Be sure to check how marijuana laws differ in each county or town before you use.

Sixty-five percent of Michigan voters approved recreational legalization for adults. 

Yes, cannabis concentrates are legal in Michigan and are lab-tested and labeled before going on the market. 

Yes. Adults are allowed to grow up to twelve plants in their residence. They must be in an enclosed space that is not visible to the public. 

Yes, but do you need a medical card in Michigan? Not technically since recreational use is legal. Michigan law requires all qualified patients to be registered in the Michigan medical marihuana program with the state before using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Requirements to get a medical marijuana card in Michigan are as follows: 

  • Similar to other medically legal states, Be 18 years of age or older per a personal identification card
  • You and your primary caregiver (if applicable) will need proof of Michigan residency to apply for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program.
  • You must submit medical records and have a diagnosis that qualifies for medical use in Michigan
  • You must submit a Physician written Certification with your MMP application – and that is where Leafy Doc can help.  We can assist qualifying patients with booking your appointment and then we will also provide the Physician Certification so that you can apply to get your medical card and then visit medical marijuana dispensaries.

As of 2022, there are approximately 260 recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries within the state’s marijuana industry.

Cannabis Policy Reform Timeline

1970: Ann Arbor became the first Michigan city to decriminalize minor possessions of recreational marijuana

2008: Lawmakers in the Michigan Supreme Court signed a medical cannabis program into law via The Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative (Michigan Medical Marihuana Act) to begin cannabis research and allow medical marijuana in Michigan. The first Michigan medical dispensary opened for medical cannabis use.

2018: Voter registration approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use and cultivation, and the Michigan government began to allow adults to consume cannabis and possess usable marijuana in private locations

2019: The first recreational cannabis dispensary for recreational and medical cannabis sales combined opened; Michigan regulation to purchase weed is overseen by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency

Updated 6.14.2022