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 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.
Growing marijuana in Michigan compared to other states
That makes Michigan’s household marijuana cultivation law the least strict out of all of the states.
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.
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.
However, you should understand that you can’t simply grow the plants wherever you want. The plants must be kept in an enclosed, secured area that prevents access by the public. In addition, the plants cannot be visible to the public “without the use of binoculars, aircraft, or other optical aids.” As a result, you likely need to cultivate your marijuana plants indoors or in a shed or similar structure, but at a minimum, you need to make sure that the plants are not visible from outside your property. In addition, you will need to be careful that the area is closed and locked so that only you and those who have your permission can access the plants.
What Happens if You Have More Than 12 Plants?
These are just some of the potential penalties you could be facing, and you should be aware that you can be charged with trafficking for having as few as 50 plants.
Davis Law Group – Detroit Marijuana Attorneys
Like many other states, Michigan’s legislature has responded to our nation’s changing attitudes regarding marijuana. Michigan first legalized medical marijuana in 2008 and has now decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana for people over the age of 21. The law will continue to evolve, but you should be aware that the use, possession, and distribution of marijuana is still subject to regulation and legal penalties.
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.
The cultivation of up to 24 plants for personal use is a civil infraction with no incarceration and maximum $500 fine.
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.
Within a residence, an adult may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana and any marijuana produced by marijuana cultivated on the premises.
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.”
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.”
This state has local jurisdictions that have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.