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Michigan Cannabis Laws – ID Scanning and Retention of PII

Though medicinal and adult-use recreational cannabis has been legal in Michigan since November 2018, they have yet to enact any legislation requiring the use of scanning IDs for entrance into either recreational retail establishments or medical dispensaries. 

Additionally, if an establishment does scan an ID, Michigan law does not regulate that business’s ability to retain personal information obtained from a scan. This makes Michigan an ideal state to build a fully integrated scanning system that syncs with your point-of-sale system. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • A Michigan statute prohibits one that is not a party to a transaction from electronically capturing, recording, distribution, disseminating, or transmitting personal information from the transaction without the consent of the individual. 
  • The provision does not prohibit the capture or transmission of personal identifying information (PII) in the ordinary and lawful course of business.
  • Retail establishments must ask for a photo id to prove the ages of their customers.
  • Though not required, many retail establishments are scanning IDs.
  • The only information shared with the government is when the purchase was made, the weight of the cannabis, price, and product.

In 2021, medical and recreational sales of cannabis eclipsed that of Colorado, with a $171 million monthly sales record set in July.

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