Michigan quietly repeals CBD ban, sets hemp fees

Michigan is opening its CBD market beyond medical marijuana dispensaries after the governor signed a bill enabling the manufacture and use of hemp-derived CBD, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The new law reverses a CBD limit enacted in May 2018 by Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation, which ruled that even possessing CBD products in the state is illegal without a medical marijuana card.

Michigan’s CBD rule was blamed for driving manufacturers out of state.

The new law takes effect in March and creates a new hemp “processor-handler license.”

Michigan voters decided last November to lift restrictions on growing industrial hemp.

The new law sets hemp fees at:

  • $1,350 for an annual license to process hemp.
  • $100 for an annual fee to grow hemp.

Michigan estimates it will need about three employees and $500,000 to run its new hemp program.