It’s finally happened. Michigan has legalized the possession and consumption of recreational cannabis with the passing of Proposal 1, and the state’s first licensed adult use sale took place on December 1st, 2019 right here at Arbors Wellness.
There are a few things you should know about recreational cannabis in Michigan before you purchase.
1. Is it legal to possess Marijuana in Michigan?
Yes! You can legally purchase and possess cannabis in Michigan.
It is now legal for anyone 21 and older to possess, consume, grow, and purchase cannabis. Any
adult can purchase up to and possess 2.5 ounces at a time and grow up to twelve plants in their
2. What do I need to purchase recreational marijuana?
All you need is a valid government issued photo ID. For example, this can be a drivers license, a state ID, or passport.
3. You cannot smoke in public
Just because cannabis is legal does not mean you can walk down the street smoking a joint as if it were a cigarette. Consuming marijuana is only legal in private (in a similar way that consuming alcohol is not legal publicly). Also keep in mind that landlords or property owners can prohibit smoking on their premises but they cannot stop you from possessing cannabis or consuming non-smokable products.
Of course there are some exceptions to this, such as if you live on a college campus. Most universities have drug-free campus policies that remain in effect regardless. The same goes for any and all federally owned property.
4. Don’t travel with marihuana out of state
Marijuana is now legal in Michigan, but crossing state or international lines with marijuana in either direction is still illegal. Marijuana is still banned federally and crossing state or international lines is considered trafficking.
5. Recreational marihuana is taxed
Recreational marihuana is taxed at 10%. This goes toward the implementation costs of the law, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where the businesses are located. The state wide 6% sales tax is still applicable.
6. Recreational shops are not available everywhere
It’s up to local municipalities on whether they want to ban or restrict recreational shops. This only affects a recreational business’ prospects, not an individual’s ability to possess or use.