Michigan’s governor signed two bills into law that will allow Native American tribes and the state to form compacts to regulate and tax marijuana.
The legislation also permits tribal- and state-licensed operators to sell cannabis to one another.
In addition to permitting cannabis agreements between the state and tribes, the bipartisan laws:
- Will exempt marijuana sales by tribal operators on tribal lands from Michigan’s 10% excise tax.
- Allow the transport of marijuana between tribal operators and state-licensed operators, while requiring the tribal businesses to pay the same taxes as regulated companies.
- Allocate a portion of the Marihuana Regulation Fund to tribes for tribal cannabis operator sales.
According to Crain’s Grand Rapids Business, Whitney Gravelle, president of the Bay Mills Indian Community, testified that the agreements “would finally allow tribally owned businesses access to the state recreational marijuana economy and access to the Marijuana Enforcement Tracking and Compliance system, both of which tribal nations have been unable to participate in since marijuana was first legalized in the state of Michigan.”