It’s finally happened. Michigan has legalized the possession and consumption of recreational cannabis with the passing of Proposal 1. However not everything goes into effect immediately. Here are a few things you should know about Michigan recreational marijuana as it currently stands
1. Is it legal to possess Marijuana in Michigan?
You can possess cannabis legally, but not buy it.
It is now legal for anyone 21 and older to possess, consume and grow cannabis. As of now, you can not legally purchase or sell it. This means that only those with medical cards can legally purchase marihuana. So while any adult can possess 2.5 ounces and grow up to twelve plants in their homes there is no legal way to purchase or sell it.
2. Recreational shops won’t be open for at least a year
While you can possess and grow marijuana, retail shops won’t be open for sometime. The state set a deadline of December 6, 2019 to work out recreational licenses and how exactly they will regulate shops. However, this date is only to work out how recreational shops will operate and does not mean that shops will be licensed and ready to sell to the general public by then. The exact date when a Michigander will be able to walk into a store and buy cannabis is still yet to be determined.
It is also up to local municipalities on whether they want to ban or restrict recreational shops. For instance, several municipalities in Kent and Ottawa counties have already passed measures that are designed to ban recreational businesses within their boundaries. This only affects a recreational business’ prospects, not an individual’s ability to possess or use.
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 publically). 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 will be taxed
After the state implements a recreational system, marihuana will be taxed at 10%. This tax will go toward the implementation costs of the law, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where the businesses are located.