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how to grow marijuana legally in michigan

Before getting started, it it’s important to talk about what laws actually govern legal cannabis businesses in Michigan. There are three main marijuana laws—the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, or “MMMA”; the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, or “MMFLA”; and the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, or “MRTMA.” The MMMA authorizes “caregivers” to grow up to 12 plants per registered patient, for a maximum of 72 plants, but does not authorize the sale of marijuana except to the caregiver’s registered patients. The MMFLA, on the other hand, allow for the licensing of medical marijuana businesses and allows dispensaries to sell to any registered patient, including out-of-state patients in some cases. Finally, the MRTMA, or “adult-use” licensing law, allows for the licensing of recreational marijuana businesses and the sale of marijuana to anyone 21 years and older.

Step 1: Choose Your Niche

The answers to these questions will decide what type of company you want to form, how it will be managed, and what tax selections you will want to make. It is important that you put sufficient time and energy into this step since incorrectly structuring your company can lead to headaches, lost profits, and potential litigation down the road.

Step 3: Form Your Business and Choose Your Team

What that means is that you could launch your own cannabis brand, whether that be flower, cartridges, edibles, etc., without the immense start-up costs of obtaining a Michigan cannabis license under the MMFLA or MRTMA. What you will need is an lawyer with experience in negotiating cannabis licensing and white label deals, some start-up capital, and a very persuasive business plan or pitch deck. You don’t need to be a celebrity to start a cannabis brand—in fact, celebrity brands don’t have the best track record in this industry. What you do need is good branding concept, and most importantly, the work ethic and marketing budget to build that brand into a household name. I work with several such companies, and let me tell you, it’s much easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

More than 24 plants:

Michigan marijuana attorney Maurice Davis has the knowledge and experience you need to navigate this changing legal landscape. If you’re facing marijuana charges or are worried about whether you could be charged with a crime, he can help you get the answers and results you need. Call Davis Law Group at (313) 818-3238 or use our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

What About Possession with Intent to Distribute?

More than 12 plants but less than 24 plants:

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.

Cultivation and Possession with Intent to Sell Marijuana Decriminalized

1,000 or more plants: