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Michigans New Marijuana Laws

The 2018 ballot initiative titled “the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) passed with 56% of the vote. Michigan joins nine states and D.C. in legalizing some form of recreational marijuana use. 

Due to the passage of this new ballot initiative, there are new laws in Michigan regarding the use and possession of marijuana. 

New Standards

There are many misconceptions about what this new law means for individual citizens and Michigan residents. As it pertains to individuals, the MRTMA law:

Allows individuals age 21 and older to purchase, possess, and use marijuana, including marijuana-infused edibles 
Allows citizens to grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption (so long as individuals grow the plants in a secure, restricted area)
Imposes a 10-ounce cap for marijuana held at residences
Requires individuals to secure amounts over 2.5 ounces in locked containers

The law also limits individuals to have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person in public. Additionally, an individual can transport only 15 ounces of marijuana at a time.

Still Illegal

  • MRTMA did not open the door for any uses of marijuana. The passage of the law does not allow:
  • Individuals under age 21 from purchasing, possessing, or using marijuana - this is still illegal for those 20 years old and younger
  • Consumption of marijuana in public places, schools, or on federal land, including parks
  • Driving under the influence
  • Individuals to sell marijuana in any form - state congressional members are still writing marijuana business regulation and laws 

Other Impacts on Individuals

Outside of the parameters of individual use listed above, there are additional warnings for individuals. 

Jobs with the federal government will require drug screening and will not hire those who fail the test. Furthermore, companies retain the right to test employees before and during employment to ensure a drug-free environment. Lawmakers have not set specific standards for these tests in Michigan at this point, but companies may follow the example of states that have previously passed recreational marijuana legislation.

If renting an apartment or a house, there may also be implications. A landlord can ban the smoking of marijuana on their property due to that action can affect other tenants/neighbors. However, the law prevents the landlord from prohibiting a renter from possessing or otherwise consuming marijuana (such as by eating it). 

The defense attorneys at Aldrich Legal Services have kept apprised of the evolving legal standards surrounding Michigan’s recreational marijuana laws. If you or someone you know need a reliable criminal defense attorney, enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney at Aldrich Legal Services. Contact us today at (734) 404-3000 for more information.

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