Now that Michigan has legalized the use of recreational marijuana…weed lovers across the state are anxious to begin growing their own, too. But like any legislation – there are a few rules you must comply with to sow those seeds legally. Before you begin your home grow in your home state, let’s review the Michigan laws you’ll be following on your path to personal pot.
Number of Plants Counts
When growing cannabis in Michigan, one limit you’ll face is the number of plants you can cultivate. The law dictates that any resident over 21, can grow up to 12 plants per household. Which means that even if two adult residents live in one home, the limit is still 12 (and not 24).
This is a huge advantage for Michigan home growers, as most legalized states only allow up to 6.
If you grow over 12, or are caught over the limit – you’d be issued a civil infraction or fine. But, if you go over 25+ plants – be careful, as you’re in felony territory. And don’t forget – if you’re cloning, the mother plants count too.
The law also states that if you’re growing your own cannabis in Michigan you can keep as much of the fruit, your labors produce. Meaning, there is no limit on the amount of flower a home grower can possess at their home, from their own crops.
Michigan residents not growing their own cannabis, can have up to 10 ounces of flower at their home, legally. But any amount over 2.5 ounces (which is legal on person, in public, too) must be locked up, and secured.
Cannabis Out of Sight
The next restriction you must ensure to follow, is keeping your plants out of sight. This is easy for indoor locations, but outdoors can be a little tricky depending on your area. Either way, your plants must be locked up and secured – inside or out.
The Michigan law also states that plants can’t be visible to the public, without the use of binoculars, aircrafts or other ‘optical aids’. Outdoors, fences, tents, or greenhouses with lock capability can be ideal to ensure you’re meeting the requirements.
Time to Concentrate
Any cannabis aficionado, knows the good stuff comes in concentrate form. Or, the sticky icky resin off your home grown plants. So, is there a limit to the amount of concentrate you can keep from your Michigan home grow plants? The answer is, no. But, there are a few rules to follow in doing so.
If you’re breaking down your home grown flower, into homemade extracts, using ‘volatile substances’ to do so are strictly prohibited. This would include processes using butane, extreme heat, or dangerous lab equipment all together.
What you can do in your home safely, is use natural heat or water based methods to curate your own concentrates. Popular methods include bubble bags, which are trending on the cannabis market for safe, DIY dabs or extracts.
Or, if you’re looking to leave processing up to the professionals – Michigan home growers can have their marijuana extracted for concentrates in a non-residential facility.
No Sales Allowed
While the state also anxiously awaits the first recreational storefronts to open, don’t think your own home will be open for business.
In Michigan, home growers can’t profit from selling their own crops. The law states selling marijuana products ‘without state and local licensing’ is illegal.
But, gifting marijuana products to adults over 21, is not. So, by law, Michigan residents can “gift” the following amounts for free –
- up to 2.5 ounces of usable flower
- or 15 grams of concentrate
If you’re renting the home or space you plan on growing in, there could be further issues. Currently, landlords or property owners in Michigan have the ability to prohibit or regulate “the consumption, cultivation, distribution, processing, sale, or display of marijuana and marijuana accessories…”.
Conversely, no lease or agreement can prohibit a tenant from simply having up to 10 ounces in their home. Or ‘consuming marijuana by means other than smoking.’. Which means ingesting edibles is permitted in leased or rented spaces, by the law.
Grow Your Own
With its’ progressive marijuana legislation, Michigan is leading as a home grow state. As long as residents follow the simple rules we’ve covered, you can watch your crop flourish legally, without worry.
And now we are so excited to launch our Grow Series on the Cannabis Therapy Potcast – watch our first show in the series below. Please make sure to subscribe as we are going to walk you through all the steps of how to grow indoors.