With these last eight additional cities Michigan now counts 18 cities that have either lowered or removed criminal penalties for marijuana possession. Coming November voters in Portage will also be able to vote on the subject, possibly adding one more city to the growing list of the MMMP.
Ann Arbor led the way in 1972. The same year the very first 'Hash Bash' was held as a response to the 1969 arrest of activist and poet John Sinclair. In July 1969 Sinclair was sentenced to prison for 9 1/2 to 10 years for the sale of two joints to undercover narcotics officers. While in prison he wrote the books Guitar Army and Music & Politics, which he co-wrote with Robert Levin. Through his writing he became a national symbol of the fight to decriminalise marijuana. On December 10, 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono headlined the Free John Now Rally in front of 15,000 people at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Three days after the concert the Michigan Supreme Court released Sinclair and later overturned his conviction. This initial "ten for two" concert led to the annual Hash Bash rally for marijuana decriminalisation. Present time Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Ferndale, Jackson, Lansing, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Mount Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge, Port Huron, Saginaw and East Lansing are the known cities participating the Medical Marijuana program.
Under the MMMP (Michigan Medical Marijuana Program), patients can choose to cultivate their own Medical Marijuana, or to have a designated caregiver to grow for them. Caregivers can assist a maximum of five patients. Note that in late 2012, the legislature passed several bills that changed how the program works. Check this helpful summary of those new laws on MMP.ORG.
PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS
Two and one-half ounces of usable marijuana
Yes, no more than 12 marijuana plants kept in an enclosed, locked facility. OR, outdoor plants must not be "visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure" and must be "grown within a stationary structure that is enclosed on all sides, except the base, by chain-link fencing, wooden slats, or a similar material that prevents access by the general public and that is anchored, attached or affixed to the ground, located on land that is owned, leased, or rented" by the registered grower and restricted to that grower's access.
STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES ALLOWED
MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUTES
Mich. Comp. Law § 333.26424(j) (2008) Mich. Comp. Law §§ 333.26423; 333.26426(d) (2008)
Yes, primary caregiver is a person who has agreed to assist with a patient's medical use of marihuana. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. The caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony involving illegal drugs, or must not have been convicted of any felony within the last ten years, or any violent felony ever.. Each patient can only have one primary caregiver. The primary caregiver may assist no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marihuana. State-qualified caregivers must not have been convicted of any felony within the last ten years, or any violent felony ever.
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PATIENTS
96,408 Source: Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
Yes, other state, district, territory, commonwealth, or insular possession of the U.S. must offer reciprocity to have reciprocity in Michigan.
The (MMMP) is a state registry program within the Health Professions Licensing Division in the Bureau of Health Care Services at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The program administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008. The program implements the statutory tenets of this act in such a manner that protects the public and assures the confidentiality of its participants. Apply Now >>
Want more information or like to support the cause? Go to the Michigan & Marijuana Business Seminar in Ann Arbor October 25th 2015.
Even though there were less Cannabis grow-rooms discovered over the last year. The energy company announced today that the amount of 'stolen' electricity was up with 7 Million Kilowatt-hours compared to the year 2013.
The 4.700 grow-rooms, of which about 198 in Amsterdam that were raided by the police in 2014 had stolen up to 147 Million Kilowatt-hours of electricity. The energy company said.
Regardless of the fact that there have been less raids, the amount of energy stolen has gone up. Which possibly indicates that the production and sales are going up and Cannabis industry is still 'growing'. Yearly illegal grow-room owners steal almost 1 billion Kwh of electricity. According to the energy company about as much as all house holds of the city of Den Hague would use, in one year.
The value of the stolen electricity comes close to 200 Million Euro. Of which about 70 Million euro's is Nett loss of the energy company. They of course make the average consumer and other companies pay for this loss. This means every house-hold contributes 3 euro's to our national product and the development of good Marijuana. The government is thought to lose-out on 130 million Euro's in missed (energy)taxes.
Having that said. It has also been known that about 80 percent of all Marijuana grown in the Netherlands is actually exported. Guestimated at some 206 to 539 tons per year.
In the United states the Cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry at this very moment. A cannabis industry investment and research firm in Oakland California called The ArcView Group, found that the U.S. market for legal Cannabis grew 74%, to $2.7 billion in the year 2014, up from $1.5 billion in the year 2013. Perhaps it's about time to rethink the Cannabis strategy Den Hague?
The report projects that by 2019, all of the 'State-legal' Cannabis markets combined will have a potential overall market worth of about $11 billion annually.