If you’ve been advocating for recreational marijuana for some time, Michigan’s latest ruling on the subject likely has you jumping for joy. However, before you start getting too excited, you should take a moment to familiarize yourself with what exactly the law has to say about the subject. Doing so will not only ensure you’re able to use/possess this substance safely and responsibly, but it will also ensure you’re protected legally as well.
Using Marijuana Recreationally
Exactly like alcohol, a person must be at least 21 years of age to lawfully acquire and/or use recreational marijuana. Those who are caught in possession or under the influence of marijuana while underage, or anyone who supplies marijuana to someone underage, will be held liable and subjected to punishment under Michigan law.
Just because marijuana is now legal recreationally does not mean you can have and carry around as much as you want. A person must not possess any amount exceeding 2.5 ounces at any one time. Carrying more than the legal limit will incur suspicions of intent to sell, and can potentially lead to serious legal trouble.
Though you must never carry more than the allotted amount on your person at any time, 2.5 ounces is not your total allowed limit. A person is allowed to possess as much as 10 full ounces of marijuana at a time, so long as it remains at home, secured within a locked container or inside some other type of secure area. Your chosen containment method must also include “functioning security devices that restrict access to the contents of the container or area.”
Of-age residents are permitted to grow their own marijuana on their own property, if and only if:
- There are no more than 12 marijuana plants on the property at one time.
- The plants cannot be seen from any public place without the use of vision enhancement devices.
- You have a properly enclosed area for your plants, equipped with functioning locks and other security devices.
There are also many things you still cannot do despite the new laws. For example, users must never:
- Drive while under the influence of marijuana.
- Smoke in any public place such as parks, schools, restaurants, or other designated no-smoking areas.
- Sell, gift, or supply marijuana to minors.
- Sell marijuana without the proper licensing.
- Grow marijuana in any unsecure environment, or in any public area such as a community garden.
- Send marijuana to anyone through the mail.
Additionally, employers and/or landlords retain the right to discourage marijuana use. Property owners can forbid smoking on their properties, and companies may refuse you employment or even fire you based on your marijuana use.
For more information on the lawful use, possession, storage, growth, and/or limitations of recreational marijuana, we encourage you to reach out to our knowledgeable attorneys at Harris Law today. Call 231.347.4444 or fill out the free consultation form in the sidebar to schedule your free personal consultation.