Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan, but there are rules

In this June 20, 2018 photo, marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it are displayed in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

As of Thursday morning, it’s legal to partake in The Great Lakes State. But the privilege comes with some stipulations.

The law in Michigan states that each person over the age of 21 is permitted up carry to 2 and a half ounces of marijuana. They are also allowed to grow up to 12 plants out of public view and store up to 10 ounces, but an amount that large will have to be locked in a safe.

Also, it can’t be smoked in public, and that includes sitting in your car. Your employer is also still allowed to have their own guidelines for your use and continued employment. And as with alcohol you can face arrest if you get behind the wheel after smoking it.

Officials say they will be looking for signs of marijuana use at traffic stops, and you’re not going to want to bring it across the State Line into Indiana, either.

By the way: Places to buy marijuana in Michigan won’t be open until 2020.


  1. I have a question about this topic. The federal government regulates interstate commerce and I believe the constitution has language about one state hindering another from it. With the Indiana law enforcement agencies announced road blocks at the Michigan state line, under the guise of looking for impaired drivers, these things will block commerce.
    Are there possible legal challenges against these road blocks solely aimed at drivers going out of Michigan state?
    I have other questions, but when one state attempts to restrict the flow of travel between states like this, it seems like it violates the free flow of commerce between states. Not to mention this is a real nuisance for those of us who live near the state line.


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