Recreational marijuana is now legal in Michigan
It's the beginning of a new era in Michigan. Recreational marijuana is now legal in the Great Lakes state.
While it's legal, that doesn't necessarily mean you can get high anywhere you want. There are rules about who can use marijuana, where they can get it, when you can have it with you and how much of it you can have.
How to use pot
You must be 21 and older, and you can only use it on private property.
Local police told Newschannel 3 most of us won't notice anything different because it has to be used out of public view.
If you're interested in using or growing pot, you can grow up to 12 plants. They can be kept either inside or outside your home as long as they're locked and out of public view.
You can also have 2.5 ounces of marijuana with you when you're outside your home in a concealed container if you're not using it. Inside your home, you can have 10 ounces.
It is still illegal to consume recreational marijuana in public, even on your front porch.
Landlords can stop you from growing or smoking it, but they can't stop you from possessing it or ingesting it in other ways. You'll want to check with your property manager before lighting up. Several property management companies told Newschannel 3 that marijuana falls under their "no smoking policies" that are already in place.
Drivers and Cars
You cannot smoke pot in your car, but you can possess the legal carrying amount. Passengers can also eat edibles.
Police cannot search your car because they smell marijuana, and a legal limit amount has not yet been set by the state.
Portage Police Lt. Matt Wolfe said officers will base enforcement off a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. If you're driving under the influence, there will be consequences.
"Now that marijuana's legal, does this legal drug negatively impact your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle," Wolfe said. "If we make an arrest that's for an OWI infraction, that we believe is drug related, generally we get a blood test that's analyzed by the state police lab."
Michigan has also not set any regulations or recommendations for how long you should wait after consuming marijuana to get behind the wheel.
If you own firearms, Michigan State Police says it's illegal to also have pot.
"If you have people that have firearms they're gonna wanna check with ATF and read what the federal government has said about that," Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Frank Keck said. "You're not allowed to have marijuana and firearms at the same time. It's federally illegal."
While it is legal to ingest, buying recreational pot legally isn't easy and likely won't be for months, if not a full year.
So far, the places that do sell marijuana in Michigan can only do so for medical use.
If you grow it yourself right now for recreational use you are allowed to give some to a friend, but you can't sell it to them.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the ability to sell and purchase will have to wait until next year.
"It's continuing discussions to ensure the implementation of safe, efficient and consumer-focused regulatory system over the coming months," said David Barnes with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. "All indications point to our ability to have adult-use license applications available before the statutory deadline of December 6, 2019."
Legalized recreational marijuana has created issues for local cities and townships who are trying to figure out where or even if they will allow sales in their jurisdiction.