While Michigan will now become the 11th US state to legalize marijuana, it also comes with many restrictions that still grant the power to ban its use in certain communities and areas.
Under the law voters passed this year on November 6 by a wide margin, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal for adults aged 21 and higher. Medical marijuana has been legal for certain illnesses for a decade.
Adults age 21 and older can possess and transport up to 2.5 ounces (70.8 grams) of marijuana, as well as, grow up to 12 plants – which cannot be in public view. Adults can also give up to 2.5 ounces (70.8 grams) of marijuana to another adult, but not for payment.
While marijuana possession and usage is legal in the state, it is only allowed to be consumed in certain areas, which includes homes or other private property.
Not legal in bars and restaurants
The new Michigan marijuana laws prohibit the smoking of marijuana at bars, restaurants or other places that are accessible to the public. This means that you cannot freely smoke marijuana in public.
Additionally, anti-drug policies for campuses, including state colleges and universities have not changed.
Landlords and employers can also prohibit marijuana use, and employers maintain the right to be able to terminate employment for drug use.
Local communities have the ability to veto the use of marijuana in their community under the new law, and some communities have already voted to ban pot businesses, doing so before the new law was in place. However, these communities have the ability to revisit their policies and change them.
Some prosecutors have announced that they will dismiss any pending misdemeanor cases which involve small amounts of marijuana. They have also said that they are considering expunging some past marijuana convictions. Prosecutors say they will focus their efforts on major drug traffickers, rather than low-level offenders.
Marijuana use while driving remains punishable as driving while under the influence.