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Ann Arbor Drug Crime Attorneys Explain Michigan Marijuana Laws

In 2018, Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to approve recreational marijuana legalization. Our Ann Arbor marijuana attorneys can help you understand the legal requirements for purchasing, carrying, using and distributing a controlled substance.

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What is Legal Marijuana?

Persons 21 and over can use marijuana at home and possess specific quantities in public and at home.

  • In public, a person may possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. No more than 15 grams may be marijuana concentrate.
  • At home, a person may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana and infused products. May possess up to 12 plants.

There are penalties for possession above the legal limit or improper use. Whether the charge is drugged driving or possession with intent to distribute our Ann Arbor drug attorneys can help. Marijuana charges include:

  • Possession of up to twice the lawful amount of 12 plants or 10 ounces would be a civil infraction for the first two violations.
  • The third violation would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a fine, or both.
  • Drivers or passengers cannot be actively using marijuana. Drivers cannot be under the influence of marijuana while operating.

What Happens to Past Marijuana Convictions Now That It’s Legal?

Michigan is one of only two states that has legalized marijuana without addressing past convictions. At least one Michigan lawmaker has proposed a new law that would expunge old misdemeanor marijuana convictions. The bill would allow for some felony expungements but would leave that within the discretion of the Court. The specifics of the law are not worked out; however, the goal of the law is to provide relief to people with marijuana convictions on their record. The new law would probably not be voted on and passed before the November election, and there is no guarantee it would pass at all. 

Michigan Medical Marijuana Law

If you are considering becoming a patient or caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, you should know the law. Knowing the law and your rights will help protect you from legal troubles. We understand the Michigan medical marijuana laws at the state and local levels and stay current on the legal developments. To learn more, just set up a consultation with us. We will explain the law, help fill out the required forms, and answer any questions you may have.

Fast-Changing Marijuana Laws – Stay Up to Date

To stay on top of developments, be sure to keep up with our posts on ArborYpsi Law so you can understand your rights. You will need to keep an eye on the developments during the next voting cycle to know how the law will change, and when. Michigan medical marijuana has been considered multiple times by the electorate and the tide seems to be slowly turning in favor of lessening or removing harsh penalties for use, distribution and past convictions. 

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ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.