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However, you’d need to be of legal age or have a medical card to buy marijuana-derived CBD oil with higher THC content.
Final Thoughts — Buying CBD in Michigan
If the amount isn’t enough for your medical needs, you’ll need to join the state’s medical-marijuana program to be able to legally and safely possess higher amounts of medical marijuana.
A Friday memo from the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is trying to remove some of the confusion surrounding products infused with cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which is a part of the cannabis plant that is becoming a widely used pain and anxiety reliever without the high generally associated with marijuana.
A reprieve for unlicensed dispensaries
So LARA will not enforce the March 31 deadline and the unlicensed dispensaries will be able to continue operating. The state also will continue to allow licensed dispensaries to buy marijuana that is grown by caregivers, who are registered by the state and have been allowed to grow up to 12 plants for each of five medical marijuana cardholders. That caregiver product has been supplementing medical marijuana dispensary shelves as licensed growers begin operating, planting and ultimately harvesting mature marijuana, a process that can take up to six months.
The practical implications of the memo sent out by LARA:
Under current legislation, growers must submit samples of their industrial hemp harvest for testing. If the crop tests above 0.3% THC concentration, the grower may elect to test the crop an additional two times. If, after three tests, the harvest still shows THC levels in excess of 0.3% concentration, the crop will be confiscated and destroyed.
There are no possession limits for CBD derived from hemp.
CBD derived from hemp became formally legalized In January 2019 following the enactment of the Michigan Industrial Hemp Research and Development Act. The act defines industrial hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC concentration by dry weight, in compliance with the federal definition, and legalizes hemp-derived CBD and CBD products.
Michigan CBD possession limits
Most raw cannabis strains on the market today contain small amounts of CBD, especially compared with THC. But since the cannabinoid has gained considerable attention for its wide range of purported therapeutic benefits, more high-CBD strains have recently been cultivated.
Only facilities licensed by the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR) can commercially grow, process, and sell marijuana and marijuana products, such as cannabis-derived CBD. The commerce of recreational cannabis was enacted in December 2019.
This legislation also established a state licensing program through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) for industrial hemp growers, processors, and handlers. However, Michigan’s proposed licensing program has yet to be approved by the USDA. In the meantime, those who wish to grow, process or handle hemp must participate in Michigan’s existing Industrial Hemp Ag-Pilot Program for the 2020 growing season to meet state and federal expectations.
Licensing requirements for CBD
Under Michigan’s Industrial Hemp Ag-Pilot Program, interested parties will be able to apply for either a grower license or a processor/handler license. Growers who also wish to sell industrial hemp will need to apply for a processor/handler license. Applicants cannot have any felony drug convictions in the past ten years.
Cannabis became legal for medical purposes in 2008 under the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative. Michigan also legalized cannabis for adult use in November 2018 under The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. CBD derived from cannabis is legal for all Michigan residents, although it is subject to regulations.