If you’ve ever wondered about the following issues regarding Michigan marijuana laws, you are not alone:
The legalization of marijuana has long been a source of controversy and confusion, here and across the country. Now that recreational and medical marijuana are legal in Michigan, many people are even more bewildered. Here is a guide to help you understand the current Michigan marijuana laws.Do You Have a Case?
First, it’s important to understand the distinction between recreational marijuana and marijuana used for medical purposes. Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008, followed by the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018. While both types are now legal in Michigan, their sales and use are governed by different sets of laws.
The biggest difference is that medical marijuana users must have a doctor’s prescription and suffer from certain medical conditions. They must also obtain a registry identification card from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Minors (under 18) must submit certification forms from two separate physicians, plus permission from their parents or legal guardians.
Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, AIDS, PTSD, arthritis, colitis, autism, cerebral palsy and chronic pain. For a complete list, visit https://www.michigan.gov/lara
Patients are allowed to possess:
Caregivers, who also need a registry identification card, may possess the same amounts for each qualified patient.
If stopped by law enforcement, patients and caregivers must present their registry identification card and valid driver’s license or government-issued photo ID.
Under the 2018 law, adult recreational users (21 and over) may grow, possess and consume marijuana in their own homes. In addition, those over 21 may legally transport marijuana, marijuana products, accessories and plants.
Users must comply with the following quantity limits:
In addition, employers may still discipline or fire employees who use marijuana on the job or come to work under the influence. Employers may also use drug test results as a factor in hiring decisions.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in several states besides Michigan. In addition, other states have decriminalized its use under certain conditions.
However, under federal law, marijuana is currently classified as a “Schedule 1” drug considered to have “a high potential for abuse.” Other drugs in this category include heroin, ecstasy and LSD.
Those who transport marijuana to other states could encounter legal problems in states where marijuana is illegal.
Michigan marijuana laws are complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple.
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