Well, the voters had spoken back on November 6, and today is the day (now that the Board of State Canvassers had officially approved Proposal 1) that the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act comes into affect.
Adult-Use or Recreational Marijuana
What Does This Mean For Michigan Residents?
- Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational marijuana- paving the way for others in the area
- You can smoke weed, but you can’t buy it- If you have 'em, you can smoke 'em but you still cant buy without MMMP Card
- You can only smoke pot in private- no walking down the street and toking
- Don’t try to buy marijuana outside of Michigan and bring it back- because it's still federally illegal
- Recreational retail shops won’t open for at least one year (some reports are saying two years)
- The law could potentially change, but it’s a bit of a long shot
Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to grow marijuana in your home, and would drastically change the tax structure established by the law
Screw this guy! Let's see how he would if his mother, wife or daughter suffered from ovarian cancer and was on chemotherapy, suffering in pain and couldn't eat. He doesn't want people to grow in their homes so we have to be under the bureaucratic watchful eye and their need to control us. Those days are over, buddy!
- 12 plants in their homes for personal use and they can give — but not sell — the product to friends and family- which I believe is the highest allowed of ALL states who have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use; most are a limit of four plants
- Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for drugged driving (You can get ticketed for DUI)
- Employers can keep and enforce zero tolerance policies for their workers (random drug tests can still be given)
- Minimum of 28 communities across the state have banned marijuana businesses in their communities- imagine all the tax revenue they are losing
- On the flip side 108 communities have adopted ordinances to allow medical marijuana businesses in their communities- Kudos to them!
- The newly elected governor, Gretchen Whitmer (D), is in "favor of clearing up the records of people convicted of crimes that will no longer be offenses under the legalization of marijuana". Expunging of these low level marijuana misdemeanors will go away hopefully.