5 Things To Know About Recreational Drug Use In Michigan

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What You Need To About Michigan’s Recreational Marijuana Law

Although Michigan’s recreational marijuana law does allow adults to legally possess, use and cultivate this drug, the law includes restrictions that can be confusing to understand if you do not have a legal background. Breaking this law can have costly results.
Our criminal law attorneys at the Law Offices of Harris & Literski are intimately familiar with the conduct that is allowed and prohibited under this drug law. For over three decades, we have protected Brighton residents facing serious offenses. We are committed to protecting your rights, which is why we are providing the following list of facts that you should know about this law:

The law permits individuals over 21 to possess, consume and grow marijuana.

Young adults under 21 may face charges for engaging in these activities. It is important to remember that a misdemeanor drug charge can have serious repercussions. This record can affect your ability to receive a federal loan for school and apply for certain professional licenses.

The law restricts where marijuana may be consumed.

Marijuana may be consumed in private or in approved public locations. If you consume it in an unapproved location, your marijuana may be confiscated and you could be fined.

The law bans driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Police officers will not hesitate to pull over drivers who they suspect are intoxicated or under the influence. If you are charged with drugged driving, you could face the same penalties that drunk drivers do. These may include community service, imprisonment, fines and license suspension.

You will need to wait before you can buy marijuana at a recreational shop.

Recreational marijuana retailers have not yet received licenses to open their shops. Medical marijuana shops are permitted to sell this drug but only to individuals with a medical marijuana card.
  • Marijuana, for which possession can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the amount
  • Prescription drugs, for which possession of drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony
  • Methamphetamine or Ecstasy, possession of which is a felony
  • Heroin, possession of which is a felony
  • Cocaine, possession of which is felony

You may buy marijuana in Michigan, but you cannot transport it across state lines.

Law enforcement officers in neighboring states aggressively enforce their states’ drug laws. If you leave Michigan with marijuana in your car, you may face a drug trafficking charge.

Do You Have Questions About Your Rights Under Michigan’s New Law? Talk To Us Today.

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is complex. Contact us for a clear explanation of the law and your rights.