Michigan has recently adopted some relatively standard CBD laws. There aren’t any abnormal laws that you have to worry about, but the state isn’t as lenient as Illinois and Missouri. So, we’re going to go over the regulations that will affect you as a consumer, and if you’re a retailer, we have some information that you’ll need to know, too.
Hemp-derived CBD oil is now legal in Michigan, but there are several restrictions that you need to know about. The following sections will cover those restrictions, and we’ll let you know about the things that you can do, too.
Is Marijuana-Derived CBD Legal?
Marijuana-derived CBD is legal in Michigan, but it is controlled by a separate set of regulations. The regulations are a lot stricter, and there are age limits that prevent minors from purchasing those products. Marijuana-derived CBD is illegal if it is sold as a normal CBD product. It has to be labeled as a marijuana product.
If you’re wondering what counts as marijuana-derived CBD, the state of Michigan considers everything with more than .3 percent THC to be a form of marijuana. You won’t find anything that breaks that rule on normal store shelves, but you should be careful if you attempt to purchase products from a dispensary. Dispensaries tend to focus a lot on marijuana products, and you might end up buying something that is a little more potent than what you’re looking for.
Are Food Items Legal?
Hemp-derived CBD food items are not legal in Michigan. Michigan’s state officials have allowed marijuana edibles to be sold, but they won’t allow CBD food items because the FDA hasn’t approved hemp-derived CBD as a food additive.
However, the law does state that FDA-approved CBD food items are legal. So, once the FDA approves CBD as a food additive, you will see legal food items on plenty of store shelves. State officials were smart when they worded this law. They’re on the good side of the FDA, but they won’t have to implement tons of new laws when the FDA does legalize food additives.
Finally, marijuana edibles can be purchased at a licensed dispensary if you really want to use products that are similar to CBD edibles. Marijuana edibles will get you high, though. You should definitely take that into account before you use them as an alternative to CBD edibles.
Is CBD Legal For Minors?
It is legal for minors to purchase hemp-derived CBD in Michigan. However, you cannot send your kid to your local dispensary to buy it. They’ll have to purchase it from a normal retail location, and they might get some weird looks. Some stores do ask for identification cards, too. So, it’s a lot easier to just buy it yourself. If your child requires CBD to treat a minor ailment, you can give it to your child, and you can teach them how to use it properly. That’s actually a much better idea than simply allowing your teenager to do whatever they want with it.
Can I Travel With It?
You can carry your hemp-derived CBD anywhere in the state of Michigan. If you’re traveling from Battle Creek to Detroit, you won’t bump into any problems. However, you should keep your CBD products in their original packages. Since there are legal marijuana products in the state, and they’re regulated by different laws, police officers will have to take extra steps to ensure that you’re not driving around high as a kite just because you decided to put your CBD into a different package. That wastes your time, and it wastes the officer’s time.
Traveling out of state is a different story. You won’t be able to fly with your favorite CBD products, and if you travel to a state that isn’t CBD-friendly, you might get yourself into quite a bit of trouble.
Who Controls CBD In Michigan?
Michigan’s state officials created a special agency to regulate cannabis products in 2018. That’s when the state legalized recreational marijuana. The agency is called the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation. It was originally only intended to regulate marijuana sales in the state, but when hemp-derived CBD was legalized, the agency started regulating it, too.
However, edibles do not fall under the control of the BMR. The BMR still sets some of the regulations for hemp and marijuana edibles, but the state’s food safety agency decides what is safe to eat and what is not safe to eat. If the state’s designated food regulators don’t approve of an edible product, it is illegal, and the BMR can’t change that. Furthermore, the BMR does not regulate medicinal cannabis products. Those are regulated by state legislators and the FDA.
Finally, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development controls the growth of hemp and marijuana in the state. It also handles all of the licenses that cultivators and manufacturers have to acquire before they can legally make their products.
Can I Legally Grow Hemp?
Since hemp doesn’t have enough THC to be psychoactive, you might think that Michigan’s lawmakers don’t care if you grow it as a house plant. That is false. You must be licensed to grow hemp in Michigan, and you cannot get a license unless you are part of a company. Normal citizens cannot grow hemp plants in their basement without facing serious legal charges.
Furthermore, all of Michigan’s CBD products must be made from hemp plants that were grown in Michigan by licensed companies. So, if your friend gives you a good deal on some homemade CBD products, you should probably refuse their offer.
What’s In Michigan’s Future?
Michigan’s CBD laws aren’t very impressive, but they’re not very restrictive, either. In the future, they’ll most likely get better. Some of the more restrictive laws are worded in a way that will instantly legalize banned products the second the FDA lifts its own restrictions. The FDA is currently being forced to work on some of its restrictions, and that means that some products that you can’t currently buy might legally end up on store shelves at random.
That’s a huge step above what a lot of other states have done. Other states that have the same restrictions will have to rewrite entire sections of their cannabis laws to fully legalize products every time the FDA legalizes something. That can take months. Michigan won’t have to deal with any of that.
Unfortunately, the federal government’s laws aren’t as easy to understand as Michigan’s state laws. Hemp products are legal, but hemp-derived CBD technically isn’t. The FDA has some very restrictive rules in place, and it has refused to make any real changes to those rules. More importantly, the FDA overrides the few CBD rules that the legislative branch put in place.
Two things that the federal government has done have major effects on the CBD industry. Let’s go over those things now.
Travel And Distribution
Are you planning on traveling across the country with all of your favorite CBD products? Well, you might want to think twice. While most states have been fairly lenient when it comes to CBD, several states have been known to arrest people for possessing it, and you might travel through one or two of those states during your journey. That can result in you being tossed in jail, or you might receive a very hefty fine.
Regular citizens aren’t the only people who should worry about traveling with CBD, though. Truck drivers and delivery drivers have been targeted by law enforcement officers in some of the more strict states, and that has cost the CBD industry millions of dollars, and those workers have faced serious legal consequences for simply doing their jobs.
Plane travel is practically impossible if you’re carrying CBD. The TSA isn’t allowed to let you onto a plane with CBD unless you have an FDA-approved medicinal version of CBD, and in some states, they have to call the police on you.
States Are Confused
Instead of creating simple laws that all states could follow, the federal government decided to create vague and contradictory laws that were left open to interpretation. As a result, states that have been known to be strict on cannabis users have practically banned CBD, and other states have flourishing CBD industries and lenient laws. If you travel outside of your state, it can be confusing to figure out where you can and can’t use CBD products. All of the different laws make it very difficult for distributors to get products out, and they lead to unnecessary legal ramifications for people who don’t even know if they’re breaking the law or not.
Some states have really weird laws simply because state officials can’t figure out if the federal government wants CBD to be legal or not. For example, Massachusetts will allow you to openly smoke a blunt on your front porch, but you can’t use non-psychoactive CBD lotion. Does that make any sense to you? If not, you can blame the federal laws.
How To Use It
While you can’t eat hemp-derived CBD products in Michigan, you can buy a lot of other products. We’ll cover the two main categories that you’ll have to choose from, and we’ll talk a little about CBD pet products.
Oils And Tinctures
While you do technically consume oils and tinctures, they’re not considered edibles. So, you can buy them legally. You can then use those oils and tinctures to make your own edibles in the comfort of your own home. Obviously, you’ll have to play around with different recipes, but that’s the only way you’re going to be able to enjoy CBD edibles in Michigan without getting high.
Topical creams are some of the most popular CBD items in Michigan. They’re easy to use, and they relieve pain fairly quickly. You can find these products at just about any normal retail store but try to research different brands before you purchase one. Some don’t work as well as others.
Pet products should technically be illegal because they’re edible, and most of them have therapeutic claims attached to them. However, they’re sold regularly, and they’re quite popular. That’s because they’re designed for pets, and Michigan’s state officials haven’t worried about them too much. Just try to keep an eye out for new laws. If Michigan’s state officials decide to properly regulate pet products, they might become illegal.
Michigan is far from being the best place for CBD users, but it has some fairly standard laws, and it’s not difficult to purchase high-quality products. Just make sure you follow all of the regulations that we outlined in this article. Breaking any of the more restrictive laws can get you into serious trouble.