Michigan Governing Body Information
2019 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
In Michigan, Michigan’s Health Board refers to marijuana as marihuana, spelled with an “h” rather than a “j” although both terms are used interchangeably in legal regulations and some ordinances.
Although additional information in regards to Michigan’s marihuana laws has been expected for some time now, Michigan’s Health Board appears to be providing snippets to its current legislation on a piecemeal basis. One such development is the development of Michigan’s Universal Symbol for marihuana.
The symbol is an upside down green triangle with a marijuana plant in the middle of the triangle. The words “marijuana product” must be prominently displayed at the top of the triangle above the image of the marihuana plant.
The Universal Symbol was established under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.
Although Michigan has not provided formal packaging and labeling requirements for marihuana, it has provided some guidelines for product tags.
Michigan Marihuana Product Tags
Product tags must contain the following information:
- The business or trade name of the cultivation center or manufacturer
- The licensee number
- The RFID package tag that has been assigned by Michigan’s statewide monitoring system
- The name of the strain
- The date of harvest (if applicable)
- The seed strain (if applicable)
Administrative Rule 73 of Michigan’s Medicine Marijuana Program states that labels contain the following information before sold or transferred to a provisioning center
- The name of the licensee (including the trade or business name)
- The license number of the producer
- The unique identification number for the package or harvest
- The date of harvest (if applicable)
- Name of the strain (if applicable)
- Net weight of the product in metric units
- Concentration of Δ9 – Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)
- The time that it takes for the product to activate (using words or a pictogram)
- The name of the safety compliance facility that performed specific tests
- The batch number related to any tests and test analysis date(s) (if applicable)
- The Universal Symbol (as indicated above)
- The following warning statement: “For use by registered qualifying patients only. Keep out of reach of children. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. National Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222”
2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
As the 13th state to legalize cannabis for medical use, Michigan was an unlikely forerunner in the wave of medical cannabis legalization that swept the US in the early twenty-first century. In November of 2008, citizens of the Great Lakes State decided on the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative, and over 60% of them voted to allow seriously ill patients access to medical cannabis.
Despite legalizing the medical use of cannabis in the Great Lakes State, Michigan still holds citizens accountable for their actions regarding marijuana use and storage. Actual growing cannabis plants are not allowed, and possession incurs a hefty fine. Consuming cannabis in public areas likewise incurs a fine, as does small level distribution, and most of these are considered misdemeanors. Felony punishments are still levied for cultivation and/or distribution.
Medical Cannabis Laws in Michigan
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is overseen by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, and their first and foremost concerns are licensing patients and caregivers so that sufferers of serious illnesses can get the help they need. The list of illnesses approved in Michigan includes PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s Disease, chronic pain, and nausea, as well as others The Great Lakes State only recently passed laws regarding registering new medical cannabis dispensaries in the state, and all the nitty gritty of packaging and selling cannabis and cannabis infused products is still being finalized by Michigan lawmakers.
Retail Cannabis Business Rules in Michigan
While cannabis packaging and retail laws in Michigan are still in the works, some general rules have been set down, effective as of 2016. (Text of the appropriate bill will be in links below.) Michigan House Bill 4209 states that beginning in 2017, “a person may apply to the board for state operating licenses in the categories of class A, B, or C grower; processor; provisioning center; secure transporter; and safety compliance facility as provided in this act.” To apply for a license, a dispensary must show that they are compliant with state rules regarding security, testing, operation, safety, as well as local ordinances. If a cannabis business wants to apply in Michigan, it would be a really good idea to have a solid plan for packaging that protects the product and the consumer while leaving plenty of room for state-required labeling.
2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update
Michigan is in still developing their medical cannabis program, so they don’t have very specific laws on the labeling and packaging of marijuana products. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) is more concerned with registering patients, caregivers, and dispensaries. Their rules and regulations focus on these topics, rather than packaging and labeling guidelines.