As of 2015, cannabis is technically classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in Michigan, although cultivation, possession, use and sale of cannabis is permitted for Michigan Medical Marijuana cardholders and designated caregivers, according to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Project. Many major cities in Michigan have decriminalized possession of marijuana for personal use under city ordinances, including Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.
Medical marijuana patients register with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, or MMMP, under the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, as stated on the government website. Patients are allowed to possess 12 plants at one time. A patient may chose to designate a caregiver to grow their plants for them. Patients may also purchase cannabis from marijuana dispensaries. There are limits to how much a patient can possess at one time, how it is to be transported, where it can be consumed, and if it can be resold. Updated program information is available on the MMMP website.
Possession of marijuana without a MMMP card can result in a misdemeanor charge, fines, and/or jail time, states NORML. Sale or cultivation of marijuana without a MMMP card can result in felony charges, fines, and imprisonment. Legalization of marijuana is expected to be on the Michigan State ballot in 2016. Groups such as the Michigan Cannabis Coalition collect signatures in support of the legalization and taxation of marijuana at the state level.