December 7, 2018

Michigan Becomes First Midwest State With Recreational Marijuana

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While marijuana has become legalized on a recreational in many places across the nation (you can see the different legality of marijuana by state here), it has yet to hit the Midwest – until today.

Under a new measure that took effect on Thursday, December 6, 2018, it is now legal to recreationally use marijuana in the state that’s shaped like a mitten. This makes it legal to possess and use this plant for personal use, whether it be medicinally or not. The legislation that proposed this change was passed earlier in November with 56 percent of the vote.

Legalization of Marijuana in Michigan

However, there are caveats to this, as there always are with regards to this plant and its legality. This does not mean that there is a free-for-all and you can have as much as you want. There are limits of how much you can possess and transport without it becoming a criminal offense. The limits are as follows:

  • Marijuana – up to 2.5 ounces for possession or transportation
  • Marijuana concentrate – up to 15 grams
  • Marijuana in private place – up to 10 ounces can be kept in nonpublic places
  • Plant growth – up to 12 plants at home, though they can not be publically visible

The new law also specifies that it is still illegal to publically consume marijuana in any manner. It is also still illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.

While this legislation has been passed and put into effect, that doesn’t mean that this herb will be readily available right away. The state is still drafting guidelines for the sale of this drug, and they do not expect to have retail stores (dispensaries) ready until 2020.

In addition to all this news, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, also reported that she plans to give clemency to some inmates who are locked up due to marijuana-related crimes (of which there are thousands).

What This Means

I hope that this is just another domino to fall that will make its way through to the remaining states that still deem recreational marijuana use as illegal. Voters will continue to pressure legislators to enact this reform in their state since many other states have already passed laws like this. A poll shows that two out of three Americans support legalization of marijuana, and that number is not surprising to me at all.

I think it is only a matter of time before this kind of legislation gets spread all across the country on a federal level, and I look forward to that day. The new Farm Bill that was passed (detailed here) is a great step in that direction. I am a big user of CBD products like those at Thought Cloud. While different from general marijuana use, as it is just the CBD extracted, there is still a gray area on whether these products are legal from state to state. I would like to see it rolled out nationwide so we can all derive the many health benefits that these kinds of products provide.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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