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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.

News Headlines

News Keweenaw Bay Indian Community seeks marijuana licensing 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. ... Read more 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

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community seeks marijuana licensing

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.

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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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