Created: 17 October 2013
Written by Dell J.
With over 130,000 registered medical marijuana patients and over 26,000 caregivers currently in Michigan, there is a lot of marijuana being grown these days! The opportunity to be able to "Grow Your Own" medicine is a blessing and a gift that we should all appreciate. However, if we all are not careful and vigilant to the law, then the idea of growing marijuana can become a gift and a curse.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was passed in 2008 allowing pain stricken patients throughout Michigan to be able to legally consume Marijuana. Ironically, the consumption, sale and/or transfer of marijuana is still illegal according to federal law. Any patient or caregiver who comes into question regarding the law should immediately contact a n expert lawyer who specializes in Michigan Medical Marijuana.
In reference to the federal law, we are walking a fine line and we have to be careful and smart when it comes to growing or consuming marijuana. Each individual patient who has a medical marijuana license and chooses to grow their own are allowed to grow up to twelve plants. In addition, you allowed 2.5 ounces of dried cannabis flowers at one time. In some instances and depending on who you ask, your twelve plants can include your clones or cuttings or even dried leaves. Therefore it’s imperative, that you stay under your plant limit and your dried cannabis flower limit at all times!
Michigan caregivers according to the MMMA Act., are allowed to grow up to twelve plants per patient including themselves if they are a registered patient. Each caregiver is allowed a maximum of 5 patients. Therefore if a caregiver is growing for five patients including him or herself, the caregiver is legally allowed to grow up to 72 plants.
This is a tremendous amount of plants at one given time and the caregiver should make sure to stay within their plant limit and consider their clones, cuttings, and dried leaves when tallying their plants.. A caregiver can easily lose count or not pay close attention to the size of their overall grow.
Growing marijuana can be done fairly easy but it takes a lot of work and it’s a huge responsibility for the grower!
There are new criminal cases every day with medical marijuana growers being busted for one reason or another, and we as growers and caregivers should pay close attention to how these cases are decided. Each case could set a new precedent for Michigan medical marijuana which could affect anyone of us. For most patients or caregivers who gets in trouble with law, the only option is the Section 8 defense. Learn more about Section 8 dismissal and motions.
I once heard someone say you can’t get away with committing two offenses at once, meaning we may get away with growing or consuming marijuana, but don’t push the envelope and do things outside of the law. We shouldn’t grow more marijuana than we are allowed to, nor should we have in possession more marijuana then we are allowed to. There are also many other regulations to consider and learn about such as medibles, oils, caregiver and patient transfers.
We have come a long way with the evolution of medical marijuana, but the fight is not over. We all have to do our part and show the naysayers that marijuana is a medicine that can be used responsibly and the people of Michigan can abide by the law. I personally feel that the majority of Michigan medical marijuana patients and caregivers are up to the task of setting the gold standard on how to treat this wonderful cannabis plant, and I am honored to be part of this movement!
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