Marijuana Legalization: What You Need to Know

The majority of voters wanted recreational marijuana to be legal in Michigan and on Thursday marijuana legalization will be a reality.

Anyone 21 and older will be able to possess, consume, and grow marijuana as long as they follow certain rules.

There are some things you need to know to stay safe and stay out of trouble.

For one, dealing it and smoking in public remains illegal.

“I think there’s a little bit of a perception out there that law enforcement as a community is going to try to push back, we understand that the law is the law and job is to enforce that law,” Michigan State Police Lt. Travis House, said.

So let’s go over the details.

In the new law you’ll be able to have 2.5 ounces of marijuana on you as long as you’re not in a public school or on federal land.

You’re also allowed up to 10 ounces in your home, but anything over 2.5 ounces has to be locked up.

On Thursday you can also start growing marijuana at your home, you are allowed up to 12 plants and most importantly you want to make sure those plants are out of the public’s sight.

“Some things that will change for us is the way we take complaints about marijuana a lot of the violations that are described in the act are more like civil infractions, more like a traffic tickets, where other things may have before been felonies, so obviously that changes how we responded to those cases,” Lt. House, explained.

If you do choose to indulge, don’t get behind the wheel. Police will be enforcing high driving the same way they do drunk driving.

“We’ve been preparing for that for a long time we always take impaired driving whether by alcohol or drugs, very seriously and we’ve been training to recognize those things for a long time,” House, added.

If you want to read the entire act or learn more, click here.