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.
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.
For a complete list of Michigan tribes and their locations, see our page about Michigan Tribes.
Michigan tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or any business plans.
December 13, 2019
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is seeking state licensing to grow, process and sale marijuana as a long-term profitable business for the tribe.
Gary Loonsfoot Jr, Vice Chair of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and its Director of Cannabis Development. Mr. Loonsfoot said:
"We're definitely the first tribe to do this, and we're pushing for it, but we want to establish a path for it as well".
"We want to create something that will service our people, and the communities for generations to come".
Licensing is issued by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which has no established procedures for state tribes. In a statement to TV6 & FOX UP, LARA said, "The [Marijuana Regulatory Agency] has been working to determine how best to approach tribal involvement in the marijuana industry. No official determination on the process has been made at this time."
Mr. Loonsfoot said, "I think it's important that we sit down, face to face with our state reps and hash something out, get something going. We want to do right by the state and follow the state guidelines".
The KBIC has started the licensing application process as a privately owned business. Loonsfoot will seek a modified process when he meets next week with officials of the governor's office.
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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