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Michigan Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana is Fully Legal in Michigan

Marijuana for medical uses was legalized in 2008. Marijuana for recreational use became legal on Dec. 6, 2018.

It is now legal for adults 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It is also legal to grow up to 12 plants per household.

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News First Michigan Tribe Legalizes Recreational Cannabis April 16, 2019 - The Bay Mills Indian Community in Chippewa County is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Private use is allowed. Public use is prohibited as well as all commercial uses. ... Read more

Michigan's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are twelve federally-recognized tribes in Michigan. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Michigan tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Michigan
Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of MI
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, MI
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan & Indiana
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan

For a complete list of Michigan tribes and their locations, see our page about Michigan Tribes.

Cannabis Opportunities for Michigan Tribes

Michigan tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or any business plans.


News Articles

First Michigan Tribe Legalizes Recreational Cannabis

April 16, 2019

The Bay Mills Indian Community is the first tribe in Michigan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on its reservation.

On April 8 the Bay Mill Executive Council passed a tribal ordinance to allow growing, possession and private use of marijuana for recreational purposes. This follows a favorable vote by the General Tribal Council last January.

Provisions of the ordinance are similar to Michigan state law. The ordinance legalizes private use of marijuana, and prohibits public use. It also prohibits all commercial growing, processing or resale of marijuana on the reservation.

The Bay Mill Indian Community is located on the Upper Peninsula about 15 miles from Sault Ste. Marie. The population is about 2,000. The tribe owns Bay Mills Resort & Casino in Brimley Michigan.

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