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This page is maintained by the WMCG's Policy & Endorsements Committee. The committee meets monthly on the second Monday. There are many cannabis-related bills and policies in process that are not listed on these pages. If you are aware of recent changes that aren't reflected here, or legislation that is very important, please let us know.
As of February 28, 2022 (per Marijuana Regulatory Agency statistical reports):
There are 1,773 municipalities in the State of Michigan.
Of those, 161 have "opted in" to allow the legal cannabis industry to grow, process, sell, transport, and/or test medical cannabis products. That's just less than 9% of communities. 1,614 have opted out.
116 communities have "opted in" to allow the legal cannabis industry to grow, process, sell, transport, and/or test adult use (aka recreational) cannabis products. That represents just over 6% of all communities in the State.
1,389 have "opted out." 266 have taken no action, so that's a big gray area.
Statewide, 63% of voters approved medical cannabis (the MMMA) in 2008, and 56% approved adult-use cannabis (the MRTMA) in 2018. There is strong local support in many communities to allow the legal cannabis industry to operate.
If your community's elected officials have not yet decided to opt in and allow the licensed cannabis industry to operate within your municipality, let us know! Your voice is important... and can be made more effective by joining the Guild.
Another interesting statistic:
At the beginning of March 2021, the State of Michigan sent its first excise tax share disbursement of $28,001.32 per licensed retailer or microbusiness, to communities around the State. This represents a potentially significant amount of unrestricted funds, which can typically be used by communities for anything in their budget. At a WMCG webinar with MRA Director Andrew Brisbo in September 2021, he estimated the next disbursement to be larger than before.
Indeed, in March 2022, the State's next disbursement came to $56,453.44 per licensed retailer or microbusiness.
Is your city/town/village council not sure whether the municipality should opt in? More than $56k per retailer/microbusiness might help.
As of the end of February 2022 there are 8 licensed microbusinesses and 460 licensed retailers, statewide. (Click for a map)
Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids
Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids (DNGR) is an educational and advocacy campaign with a goal to improve Grand Rapids resident health including depression, end-of-life anxiety/suffering, and addiction. The campaign seeks to decriminalize natural entheogens to improve community health, and aims to educate the Greater Grand Rapids community about the therapeutic potential, history of indigenous use, and approaches to safe and responsible use of entheogenic plants and fungi. These include psilocybin mushrooms, Iboga, mescaline-containing cacti, and ayahuasca. Entheogens show great promise to help treat many current mental health problems.
There are many parallels between the campaign to decriminalize cannabis in Grand Rapids (a successful effort led by the founders of the WMCG, among others), and we are in full support of DNGR's efforts. Our members and board members have spoken in support of DNGR at Grand Rapids City Commission hearings and elsewhere in the community, and we encourage all of our members to support (and donate, if possible) to this important cause.
Learn more about Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids at their website, www.decrimnaturegr.org.
DETROIT! Congratulations to the citizens of Detroit (and thanks to all the hard work of the Decriminalize Nature group there!) for voting on November 2, 2021 to decriminalize personal possession and therapeutic use of plant-based psychedelics such as psilocybin, DMT, and mescaline. Let's do it in West Michigan too!
INTRODUCED Michigan Senate Bill 631
Senators Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) have introduced a bill in the State Senate that would legalize the possession, cultivation and delivery of an array of plant- and fungus-derived psychedelics like psilocybin and mescaline.
The bill does not legalize the commercial production or sale, but it does exempt people from criminal penalties for such activities so long as they are not “receiving money or other valuable consideration for the entheogenic plant or fungus.”
People would be able to charge a “reasonable fee for counseling, spiritual guidance, or a related service that is provided in conjunction with the use of an entheogenic plant or fungus under the guidance and supervision of an individual providing the service.”
The full text of the bill is available online here, and the next step for the bill will be review by the State's Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. Find your State Senator on our website to let them know how you feel about this bill.