It has been ten years in the making, but the day is finally here for Michigan. On November 6, 2018 the Michigan legislation passed what is known as Proposal 1. This bill legally made recreational marijuana use legal throughout the entire state. The bill received an impressive 277,370 signatures and was certified by the Board of State Canvassers back in April, but it is actually now in place and here’s what you really need to know.
There Are Going To Be Regulations
Of course, it probably goes without saying that marijuana is going to be regulated just like alcohol. This means that anyone under the age of 21 will not be able to legally buy marijuana from retailers or growers. Growers and retailers also have to be licensed by the state of Michigan.
It should also be noted that just like tobacco, landlords and business owners do have the legal right to prohibit the use of marijuana on their premises. It is still declared illegal to smoke marijuana in public.
The state has also made it illegal to operate vehicles under the influence of marijuana. Of course, there really are no proven effective tests that can measure whether a driver is high or not. However, if you just smoked a big fat, smelly bowl and you are pulled over, the cop will probably smell it.
The Legal Possession Amount
The proposal clearly states that anyone over the age of 21 will be able to possess, use or transport 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana. And, as far as concentrates go the limit is 15 grams. Anyone over the age of 21 caught trying to share or transfer 2.5 ounces of marijuana to a minor will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This means that recreational marijuana will be sold in increments of eight an ounce, quarter an ounce and an ounce.
Another unique thing about this bill is that individuals are allowed to grow up to twelve marijuana plants and store ten ounces from those plants. However, the plants cannot be grown outside. They must be grown indoors behind a locked container.
Get Ready For The Taxes
It will be up to the state treasury department to determine how the marijuana tax revenue is going to be spent, but what users need to know is that there is going to be a tax. This will be a ten percent excise tax.
The department determined that first of the tax money would go towards the implementation and enforcement of the act, making sure that individuals, growers and retailers are sticking to the regulations. After $20 million is put into the effort the rest of the money will go to clinical trails that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
There Are No Pardons
Unfortunately, there are not going to be any pardons handed down. This means that if you were arrested for selling or possessing marijuana before the bill took effect, you will not be granted a pardon. You will still have to face the impending charges that you were previously facing.
As of right now, marijuana possession in Michigan is just a misdemeanor, but it can result is one year in jail and up to two thousands dollars worth of fines.