Medical marijuana tax revenues brought $10 million in to state government coffers in 2012 according to a report covering the last budget year ending on Sept. 30.
Per the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, Section 6(i) requires the statistical data be reported to the Legislature in an annual report.
Michigan's medical marijuana program costs less than half that amount to run. The revenue comes from applicants who pay a $100 fee. Caregivers, the folks that grow marijuana for these people also pay a fee.
Applicants filing for registry identification cards has risen in many cities across Michigan and can be found here in this report.
Wayne County is the most popular in the tri-county area for medical marijuana, with 14,736 patients and 5,515 caregivers registered. In comparison, there’s 8,319 patients and 3,542 caregivers registered in Macomb County, and 11,117 patients and 4,425 caregivers registered in Oakland County, stated detroit.cbslocal.com.
"The report shows the number of registered marijuana users was up 44 percent in Muskegon County last fall compared to the previous 12-month period. Kent and Ottawa counties were up at least 20 percent. In Michigan's southwestern corner, the number of registered marijuana users was up 56 percent in Cass County and 37 percent in Berrien County," according to the detroitnews.com.
With revenues like that being generated, imagine the amount of money that could be hauled in if marijuana were legalized across the board with dispensaries allowed as well.
"One person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the United States and that trend is being driven by prescription (Rx) painkillers." (drugfree.org)
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana issues contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center, or greentreesdetroit.com, phone number: (313) 967-9999, or (248) 677-2888