I have noticed that there is much ambiguity on many websites regarding if it is legal to grow tobacco in the state of Michigan. Michigan has some of the strictest laws over tobacco, and, since I am a Michigan resident, I did a little research:
First, I checked the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) website and it stated…
“TTB does not license, or require a permit for, growing tobacco. In addition, TTB does not regulate the sale of tobaccos that are not tobacco products.”
Second, I contacted the Michigan Department of Treasury Special Taxes Division Tobacco Tax Unit and the response I received…
“I am responding to your inquiries about growing tobacco in the State of Michigan. If you are growing the tobacco and using it for your own personal use/consumption there are no licenses or permits that are needed. If you want to sell the tobacco to others as a whole leaf product there are also no licenses or permits that are needed by you. If you process the tobacco and then sell it to others, then a license would need to be had by you.”
Many of you may know this already, but I thought I would share this information with first-time Michigan tobacco growers such as myself.