- September 11, 2020
Marihuana is (basically) legal
Last year, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, which legalized the recreational use of marihuana. Many believe this means they are free to use marihuana how they please, but you should know that there are restrictions on its use, and you can face serious consequences if you break the law. First, legal use of marihuana only applies to individuals over 21. If you are 21, you can carry up to 2.5 ounces in public and keep up to 10 ounces in your home. This law frees up law enforcement from policing small possession cases. You might be able to go to establishments that solely have marihuana for social purposes. If organizers allow, you might be able to smoke during festivals and other special events. Business will be able to apply for license applications beginning November 1, 2019. These businesses could even give you the option of delivering marihuana to your home. However, marihuana is still considered a drug. If you use marihuana before driving/operating a vehicle, you can be charged with operating under the influence. If you possess more than the legal limit, you can face a larger possession charge. If the feds make your situation their business, you could face federal charges because there is no such thing as “legal marihuana” under federal law.