No. As of April 2023, there are no recreational cannabis dispensaries in the City of Pontiac. On April 4, 2023, the Pontiac City Council approved a recreational marijuana ordinance for the city, allowing the establishment of up to 17 dispensaries in the following overlay districts:
Walton Overlay District
Cesar E. Chavez Overlay District
Woodward Gateway Overlay District
No. Although the city allows medical marijuana dispensaries to be established, no medical provisioning centers are currently within the city limits. Medical marijuana dispensaries are permitted in C-1, C-3, C-4, M-1, and M-2 districts.
No. There are currently no online marijuana retailers in Pontiac.
The City of Pontiac does not yet have cannabis dispensaries.
Pontiac dispensaries are required to comply with the following rules:
No dispensary may be located within 1,000 feet of a school, or 500 feet from a commercial childcare organization, a public park with playground equipment, and a religious institution
No medical marijuana dispensary may be located within 250 feet of a residentially zoned property
A dispensary must obtain a cannabis business license from the state and a City of Pontiac license before commencing operations
Dispensaries must use the state-approved application to track sales
Only persons with valid Michigan medical marijuana licenses (qualifying patients, primary caregivers, or visiting qualifying patients) may be allowed to buy medical cannabis at Pontiac medical provisioning centers
No Pontiac cannabis dispensary may sell more cannabis to a buyer than is permitted under Michigan cannabis laws. Recreational cannabis may not be sold to persons without valid IDs showing they are 21 or older
The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) outlines specific regulations and guidelines for the possession, consumption, and cultivation of cannabis in Pontiac. According to the MRTMA, the following recreational cannabis laws are in operation in the city:
Age Limit: Recreational cannabis can only be consumed by adults aged 21 and older. It is illegal for minors to consume adult-use cannabis
Possession Limits: Adults of legal age can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis on their person and up to 10 ounces at their private residences. No more than 15 grams of the 2.5-ounce limit may be in concentrated form
Home Cultivation: Adults can cultivate up to 12 plants for personal use in their private residences
Retail Sales: Adults may only purchase recreational cannabis from Michigan-licensed cannabis dispensaries. Although there are no dispensaries yet in Pontiac, residents are permitted to buy cannabis from nearby Michigan cities
Public Consumption: Recreational cannabis cannot be used in public places, including parks, sidewalks, or on public transportation
Driving under the Influence: It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis in Pontiac, and penalties can include fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment
Employment: Employers in Michigan are allowed to enforce drug-free policies and can still drug-test employees for cannabis use
Pontiac patients suffering from certain conditions are permitted to use medical cannabis under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) established pursuant to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). The MMMP outlines the following regulations pertaining to medical marijuana use in the City of Pontiac:
Eligibility: To be eligible for medical marijuana use in Michigan, a patient must have a qualifying medical condition, such as HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, or chronic pain
State Registration and ID Card: Patients must register with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and obtain a registry identification card before using medical marijuana. Patients not yet aged 18 may also register with the state to use medical cannabis with the consent of adult caregivers who have not been convicted of any felony offense
Possession Limits: A patient may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana per day but no more than 10 ounces every month
Home Cultivation: Patients may grow up to 12 plants for personal medical use but must indicate their intent to grow cannabis on their MMMP applications. Home-cultivated marijuana plants must be kept in locked, enclosed spaces. Caregivers who want to grow more cannabis plants for their patients need to apply for Michigan commercial cultivation licenses
Purchases: Only purchases made from medical marijuana dispensaries licensed by the state are legal. While no dispensaries are yet located in Pontiac, residents are allowed to buy medical cannabis from other Michigan cities
The Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issues medical marijuana cards to successful registrants of its medical marijuana program. To register for the MMMP program in Pontiac, you must be a resident of the city and have a qualifying medical condition. Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you can initiate the application by visiting a Michigan-licensed healthcare practitioner to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation. This recommendation verifies that your physician has approved of your use of medical marijuana for treatment purposes.
The next step is to visit the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Portal to start the medical marijuana card application and upload supporting documentation. To complete an application by mail, you must submit the following:
A completed application form
Your medical cannabis certification document
Proof of Pontiac residency
A copy of your State of Michigan driver's license, a signed voter registration, or a Michigan Secretary of State-issued ID
A non-refundable $40 application fee
Submit the complete application to:
Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
Once your application has been processed and approved by the MMMP, you will receive your medical marijuana card in the mail within 3 weeks.
Cannabis use is legal on private property but not in public locations.
Pontiac does not yet have cannabis dispensaries. So, there are no storefront retailers in the city.
The city does not have a dispensary.
Cannabis strains are not yet popular in Pontiac due to the absence of approved retailers.
Smoking in public locations in Pontiac is illegal.
Pontiac adults aged 21 or older are allowed to have the following:
10 ounces of cannabis stored in locked containers at home
2.5 ounces of marijuana in public with no more than 15 grams of this limit in concentrated form
12 cannabis plants
Patients registered with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program can possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis daily with no more than 10 ounces per month. Patients can also grow 12 cannabis plants at home for personal medical use.
Due to cannabis’ illegal status federally, it is prohibited to ship cannabis across state borders. However, it is legal to move cannabis from another Michigan address to Pontiac.
Yes. You can order cannabis online from other Michigan dispensaries in Pontiac.
There are currently no dispensaries in Pontiac.
There are presently no dispensaries in the city. However, when dispensaries open in the city, tourists may visit adult-use dispensaries to purchase cannabis.
There are no dispensaries in Pontiac. However, adults would need a government ID to prove they are of legal age to buy cannabis when recreational dispensaries open in the city. Visitors would also need Michigan medical marijuana registry ID cards to use potential medical provisioning centers in the city.
There are presently no dispensaries in Pontiac.
You cannot yet visit a Pontiac cannabis dispensary as there are no dispensaries there.
There are no authorized cannabis retail outlets in the City of Pontiac.
Pontiac has no marijuana dispensaries.
While no state or local regulation restricts how many dispensaries may be visited in one day, there are currently no dispensaries in Pontiac.
Marijuana dispensaries are not in the city.
According to Michigan law, cannabis dispensaries in all state jurisdictions are required to use the Metrc system to track sales. However, there are no marijuana dispensaries in the City of Pontiac.
There are no dispensaries in the city. However, at 18, you cannot enter any Michigan adult-use cannabis dispensaries. At 18, you may only use medical marijuana provisioning centers in the state.
The Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) regulates cannabis activities in the City of Pontiac. The CRA may be contacted using the information on its website.
You may report illegal cannabis activities in Pontiac to the Cannabis Regulatory Agency through the agency’s Enforcement Division. You can reach the division by email at CRA-Enforcement@Michigan.gov or by phone at (517) 284-8599. Alternatively, mail the division at:
Cannabis Regulatory Agency
P.O. Box 30205
Lansing, MI 48909
In addition, you may use the CRA Online Complaint System or contact the Oakland County Sheriff Department's non-emergency number at (248) 409-7100 to file a report.