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.

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4 comments on “Michigan quietly repeals CBD ban, sets hemp fees
  1. Ray on

    House Bill 6330 (H-2) would amend the Industrial Hemp Research Act to do the following:
    — Prohibit a person from growing industrial hemp in the State unless he or she was
    registered as a grower.

    Genesis 1:29
    “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
    King James Version (KJV)

  2. Jackie Petzold on

    Quietly is right…
    When I asked LARA BMMR now BMR why the May 11, 2018 bulletin had not been “corrected” like others had been I received an e-mail from the Legal Division of LARA that stated, “In the state of Michigan, products derived from marijuana are regulated by BMR.”
    Then to confirm this an Advisory Bulletin dated Jan 15, 2019 made NO mention of 2018 PA 642. The only mention of Hemp in the bulletin was to allow certain licensees to handle, process, or test industrial hemp. (That was a good decision.)
    Deleting the May bulletin appeared to me more like sweeping it under the rug regardless of the passing of Prop 1 or any other “Marihuana” information / rules.
    We lost business opportunities in the state and some entities took it to be the law of Michigan. An updated bulletin should have been posted.
    Quietly… I found to be unacceptable.

  3. The Mad Yooper on

    Yes sir! Now that is what I’m talking about!

    Industrial hemp and it’s by products just seem to make to much sense for the politicians in Lansing.

    Finally, clarity. I doubt this represents complete capitulation from those who want the water to be muddy at all costs. But I never wanted that anyway. I have always been justifiably indignant with the states carrot and club approach with no clear rules.

    In the past you could go to sleep legal. Wake the following morning Illegal and be in Jail by noon. Depending on which way the wind was blowing.

    They know it is wrong on both fronts. Both Marijuana and industrial hemp have been regulated poorly and people have suffered for it. Now this represents a major admission by the state that those day are getting put behind us. Hopefully sooner rather than latter.


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