Native American Reservation Becomes First in Michigan to Legalize Cannabis
The Bay Mills Indian Community in Michigan legalized recreational cannabis on Monday, making it the first Native American reservation in the state to do so. Under the ordinance passed by the Bay Mills Executive Council, the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana for personal use by adults 21 and older are now legal on the reservation located in Chippewa County on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Voters in Michigan legalized recreational marijuana in last November’s midterm elections with the approval of Proposal 1, with 55 percent of the electorate voting in favor of the measure.
Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) Tribal Chairman Bryan Newland said that the new ordinance brings tribal regulations in line with state law.
“Our tribal government does not necessarily promote the use of marijuana, but we believe that criminalizing it is bad policy,” said Newland. “Our new tribal law ensures that people on our lands are no longer at risk of prosecution for actions that are lawful everywhere else in Michigan.”
Cultivation Also Allowed
Personal possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana by adults will be allowed under the new ordinance, including up to 15 grams of cannabis concentrates. In one’s home, up to 10 ounces of marijuana may be