Michigan Marijuana Laws

Possession

Possession of any amount is a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000. A conditional discharge is possible.

Use of marijuana is a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $100.

Possession in a park is either a felony or a misdemeanor, based on the judge’s discretion, and is punishable by a maximum of 2 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Sale

Sale without remuneration is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.

The sale of less than 5 kg is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 4 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $20,000.

The sale of 5 kg-45 kg is a felony which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000.

The sale of 45 kg or more is a felony which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000,000.

Cultivation

The cultivation of fewer than 20 plants is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 4 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $20,000.

The cultivation of 20-200 plants is a felony which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 7 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $500,000.

The cultivation of more than 200 plants is a felony which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000,000.

Hash & Concentrates

In Michigan, marijuana and hashish are punished in the same manner. The statutory definition of “marihuana” includes “all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin.” Hashish, hashish oil, and extracts clearly fall under this definition. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details on Michigan’s criminal sanction on cannabis.

Paraphernalia

The sale of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 90 days imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000. Bongs, dugouts, and pipes are exempted from the definition of paraphernalia, however.”

Miscellaneous

Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for 6 months.

Ann Arbor – In Ann Arbor, the penalty for being caught with marijuana is a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $100 for the third offense. Marijuana is not decriminalized on the University of Michigan’s campus.

OFFENSE PENALTY INCARCERATION MAX FINE

Possession

Any amount misdemeanor 1 year $ 2,000
In a park misdemeanor or felony 2 years $ 2,000
Use of marijuana misdemeanor 90 days $ 100

Sale

Sale without remuneration misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Less than 5 kg felony 4 years $ 20,000
5 – 45 kg felony 7 years $ 500,000
45 kg or more felony 15 years $ 10,000,000

Cultivation

Less than 20 plants felony 4 years $ 20,000
20 – 200 plants felony 7 years $ 500,000
200 plants or more felony 15 years $ 10,000,000

Hash & Concentrates

Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.

Paraphernalia

Sale of paraphernalia misdemeanor 90 days $ 5,000

Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc…)

In Ann Arbor N/A N/A $ 100

Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for 6 months.

2 comments to Michigan Marijuana Laws

  • DUANE CHUMNEY

    that’s not much evidence to go on, im pretty sure that one could be thrown out based soley on the lack of evidence, how could they determine where the oder was coming from, or if it was in fact “the smell of weed” maybe it was a near by skunk. that’s a very flimsy charge in my opinon.

  • crystal

    How can I fight a use of marijuana charge when the sole basis for them charging me was because of the smell on my clothes? no paraphernalia, or actual marijuana was found, just the smell of “skunk” on my clothes.

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