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marijuana seeds illegal in michigan

Michigan Medical Marijuana patients are allowed to possess the following:

However, medical restrictions differ – Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, qualifying patients suffering from a state-approved debilitating condition are permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis or cannabis equivalents.

Michigan’s recreational marijuana law, known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act permitted the legal sale of cannabis from December 2019.

Michigan Cannabis Law

But what does this the new law mean for the great lakes states residents looking to grow their own cannabis seeds in Michigan? Let´s take a closer look at the recently implemented Michigan marijuana laws.

Having first introduced medical marijuana in November 2008, Michigan became the 10th US state and the first in the Midwest, to legalise recreational cannabis in the mid-term elections of November 2018 (those elections also saw Missouri and Utah adopt legalised medical cannabis laws).

Since cannabis has been legalized in Michigan, adults aged 21 years or older are legally permitted to possess the following:

At present, there are only 47 registered locations for cannabis sales in the state with widespread availability not expected until 2021.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully become an MRA approved State of Michigan licensed Marijuana Grower! Now what? The first obstacle many state licensed Growers face is where to obtain plants, seeds, seedlings, or tissue cultures. If you are a caregiver or you hire a full-time employee that’s a caregiver, you can transfer the caregiver product to the facility when the caregiver license is surrendered. This can give your facility a “running start” such that not all of your plants have to be started from scratch.

Now let’s assume you are able to get a hold of good genetics for your MMFLA cultivation facility from a caregiver or another MMFLA licensee. How do you ensure you still have access to genetics without having to continue to purchase them from other Michigan licensees? You will need to carefully cultivate and breed the plants to ensure a constant supply of new seeds or utilize cuttings from your existing plans. Otherwise, as a professional cultivator, you will need to continue to purchase seeds from another Michigan licensed grower or caregiver.

Pursuant to the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (“MMFLA”), the only permanently approved source for plants and seeds is from other licensed Growers, and the sale must be completed through a licensed Secure Transporter. MMFLA licensed growers may be tempted to purchase from larger online retailers, but marijuana seeds are considered cannabis products just like flower, edibles, and concentrates. Cannabis product may not legally cross state lines so long as marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, meaning a licensed grower cannot legally purchase seeds online for their MMFLA facility. Growers licensed and operating in Michigan are limited in product selection and may only purchase, produce, and sell seeds within the state. If a Grower holds a valid medical marijuana card, he or she may purchase seeds from a licensed dispensary, but widespread commercially available seeds is a distant reality until overseas and US based seed banks can ship nationwide, which won’t happen any time soon.

However, if you are a 1500 plant facility, and only have two caregivers with 144 total plants, you are still going to need to access more genetics for your grow. There are a couple of avenues for a commercial grower to obtain seeds in Michigan. One way is from someone already legally growing marijuana, including other licensed Growers and Caregivers. Although licensed Growers may currently accept any product directly from a registered Caregiver or another Grower without use of a Secure Transporter. Another way, pursuant to the MTRMA, is acquiring seeds or seedlings from any adult over the age of 21.

Now you may be asking—if that’s the case, how does Michigan get access to top quality genetics from other states? Well, there is a backdoor way to do it, at least for now. Unlike MMFLA and MRTMA licensees, caregivers and adults over the age of 21 are not subject to the same intense regulatory requirements and inspections that MRA licensed businesses are. Essentially, caregivers and adults over the age of 21 still operate in the wild west and can get away with things that MMFLA licensees simply cannot. They can therefore serve as the conduit for out of state genetics. To illustrate, a caregiver/adult over 21 may purchase out of state genetics (which is still illegal by the way), and then sell those genetics to a MMFLA licensed grower.