KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Michigan voters approved Proposal 1 on Nov. 6, 2018, making recreational marijuana legal in the Great Lakes state starting Dec. 6. Still, there are a number of questions regarding what is legal, what is not and what's in between. Here's a list of frequently asked questions to aid the understanding of Marijuana in Michigan.
Dec. 6, 2018
State lawmakers will need to draw up rules and regulations for the new industry and that will take time. Initial reports are looking at early 2020.
Similar to laws regarding alcohol, only adults 21 years old and older can possess marijuana. Outside of your home you may have 2.5 ounces in a concealed container. Inside your home, you can have 10 ounces. If you plan on growing it, then you are limited to no more than 12 plants.
No where yet. Michigan legalized consumption of recreational marijuana, but the regulations and guidelines to commercially sell recreational marijuana haven’t been approved.
Inside your home or a private residence that allows the use of marijuana. It is still illegal to consume recreational marijuana in public, even on your front porch.
Anyone with a medical marijuana card may purchase medical cannabis from any licensed medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Michigan. As far as the locations of medical marijuana shops, they cannot be located in a drug free zone (such as a drug free school zone.) However, a bus stop is not considered a drug free zone, because bus stops can be relocated.
Just like recreational marijuana it cannot be consumed in public. Medical marijuana is allowed on private property and must not be visible to the public.
No, medical cannabis is only to be used by the patient that it is prescribed. Sharing medical marijuana is still illegal and violators could face fines and penalties.
What West Michigan cities/townships have voted against allowing recreational dispensaries?
Niles, Portage and Ross Township have already voted to ban commercial recreational marijuana businesses. Though they put a ban on it initially, the cities and/or townships could remove those bans at a later time when more regulations have been set by the state. Many cities have yet to vote on whether they will allow recreational cannabis dispensaries. Coldwater also joins the cities that are putting an initial ordinance on banning recreational marijuana dispensaries, but the long-term expectations are to allow recreational marijuana facilities when the state sets clear licensing regulations.
Michigan hasn’t set specific regulations yet, but other states and countries that have legalized marijuana previously have already set regulations. Among them:
Published research says it can take three hours for some people to drop below 5 ng/ml after using marijuana, but it can take longer depending on multiple variables such as gender and body size. Impairment can depend on method of consumption (i.e. smoked, inhaled, ingested); quantity; variety of cannabis and its THC levels. So some people might still be considered impaired with less than the 5 ng/ml of THC considered the limit in Washington. It is less risky to wait at least five hours before operating a vehicle. Most experts recommended wating even longer after consuming edible marijuana products as they can remain in your system much longer.