Where can I buy medical marijuana in Michigan?
Virtually everywhere; because medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2012, dispensaries are abundant, although many municipalities (i.e., “the suburbs”) have passed ordinances that ban any marijuana businesses in their areas. Websites like Weedmaps and Leafly serve a Yelp equivalent for legal weed in the state, as they do for every other state where it’s been legalized.
It becomes harder to find dispensaries as you travel north and west in Michigan, but they do exist. The greatest concentrations of dispensaries are around Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Lansing, which makes sense: bigger cities demand more plentiful dispensaries. Finding legal weed anywhere near the Ohio border, though, is a no-go; the furthest south you’ll find dispensaries now is Ann Arbor, after the closure of State Line in Morenci. Kalamazoo has exactly one dispensary: Lake Effect, which has a diverse menu, including a deep bench of indicas and sativas, as well as hybrids, waxes, and edibles.
In Detroit, most dispensaries lie along a strip of 8 Mile on the city’s north side, not far from Ferndale (one of the very few Metro Detroit suburbs even considering marijuana businesses). In Michigan, you can also designate a caregiver to grow marijuana and produce products for you. These providers don’t need to operate a dispensary, but you do need to designate one on your medical marijuana card application in order to legally buy from a caregiver. Caregivers are a real lifesaver for patients in the western, southern and northern parts of the state where dispensaries are few and far between.
In addition to dispensaries and designated caregivers, there are also delivery services that bring marijuana directly to patients’ homes.