Nearly a year after Michigan voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, licensed sellers opened their doors to customers 21 and older. Despite the limited number of retail stores, buyers spent more than $1.6 million during the first week of sales. However, many questions remain about how recreational marijuana users should apply the new guidelines.Do You Have a Case?
Recreational marijuana is governed by the 2018 Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA). Here are the highlights of the law:
If you under 21, using or possessing marijuana is illegal – unless you have a license to use medical marijuana. Those under 21 who are caught with marijuana by law enforcement may be arrested and charged with illegal drug use or possession. The age restriction applies to edible marijuana products and concentrate.
It is illegal for anyone (of any age) to drive under the influence, including individuals with medical marijuana licenses.
Employers have the right to establish their own policies regarding marijuana (or other drugs). Employees can be disciplined or fired for violating company drug policy. In addition, an employer can legally refuse to hire a person who tests positive for marijuana.
It is illegal to use marijuana while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana can be arrested and charged with drugged driving. This applies even if the driver consumed the drug before getting behind the wheel. Smoking and edible products are prohibited. In addition, this law applies to aircraft, snowmobiles, off-road recreational vehicles and motorboats. Motorcycles are also included, even though they are not considered motor vehicles under Michigan No-Fault law.
Drivers with medical marijuana licenses may be arrested if they exhibit signs of impairment.
Drivers may carry up to 2.5 oz. of marijuana in a vehicle. However, law enforcement officials advise storing it inside the trunk in a secure container.
Here are some general guidelines recreational marijuana users should follow to ensure safety and avoid offending others:
Both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are now legal in Michigan. However, the sales and use of each are regulated by different laws. Therefore, it’s important to learn and comply with the rules for the type of marijuana you will be purchasing or using.
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