The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) and Edibles
The MMMA was amended in September of 2016 to allow edibles and other substances that are defined as “marijuana infused products.” Prior to this Amendment, the Michigan Court of Appeals had determined through illogical and convoluted reasoning that edibles were not legal as they fell under the category of un-usable marijuana, which could not be possessed. However this Amendment changed all of that.
Now “marijuana infused products” are legal under the MMMA and cover a broad spectrum of marijuana based substances. The Act now defines a marijuana infused product as “a topical formulation, tincture, beverage, edible substance or similar product containing any usable marijuana that is intended for human consumption in a manner other than smoke inhalation.” As a result, patients can use edibles or other marijuana infused products that had previously been deemed illegal to possess or use.
How Much Marijuana Infused Product Can I Possess?
Another change that came along with this Amendment is the amount of a marijuana infused product that can be possessed by a card holder or caregiver. Under the MMMA patients are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana and a caregiver can possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana for each of their patients. However, 2.5 ounces of regular medical marijuana now equals 36 ounces of liquid marijuana infused products, 16 ounces of solid marijuana infused product, and 7 grams of gaseous marijuana infused product.
Consequently, patients and caregivers can possess larger quantities of these substances. However, the amount of marijuana infused product possessed will be combined with regular marijuana when counted. This means that
Transportation of Marijuana Infused Products
The Amendment also created restrictions on how patients and caregivers can transport marijuana infused products. As many people know by now, the misdemeanor charge of illegal transportation of medical marijuana has been found to be unconstitutional as of late December 2016. While the transportation of regular marijuana is not restricted, this new amendment (which amends that MMMA) sets up restrictions that must be followed for edibles and other infused products. Any violation of these restrictions can result in a civil fine of not more than $250.00