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Marijuana becomes legal Thursday: What you need to know

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GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- On December 6, 2018, Michigan becomes the tenth state, and the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana.

The new law allows people 21 and older to grow up to 12 plants in their home, but it could be hard to get started.

There's no way to legally get it because the only people who should have plants right now are those with medical marijuana cards and they are only supposed to supply it for their patients.

"I have no idea where they're going to get it... legally," says Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Frank Keck. "If you get it tomorrow there's no way that somebody grew a plant, processed it, dried it, packaged it and got it to you, it's just not possible."

Those who do choose to start a home-grow can do it inside or outside, but it has to be locked up and can't be visible to the public.

It's still not legal to sell marijuana, so some people might try and get creative by disguising the sale.

"You can give away marijuana, so if people are just giving it away in a free cup, that's allowed," says W. Dane Carey, an attorney at Dingeman and Dancer. "But, if you're paying $100 for a coffee mug I think it would be making an end run around the law, and not be compliant."

Besides the law, there are some other people who can keep you from growing and smoking marijuana in your home.

"Landlords can prohibit you from smoking and growing marijuana, but they can't prohibit you from consuming it by other means and they can't prohibit you from possessing it," says Carey.

Another thing to check on would be the drug policy at work.

"Employers can implement no tolerance policies," says Carey. "They can hire, fire, and discipline any employee for violation of the drug policy or for being under the influence of marijuana while on the job."

Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance by Federal Law.

"If you have firearms, you may want to read up on the ATF website and see what the federal government has to say about it because you're not allowed to have marijuana and firearms at the same time," says Lt. Keck. "It's federally illegal."

It's also illegal to ship recreational marijuana across borders, as well as drive under the influence.

It's also illegal to smoke marijuana in the car, but Carey says a passenger is allowed to consume counter products of marijuana such as edibles if of age.

Right now the state is still working out how to license recreational marijuana sales, which means you won't be able to buy recreational marijuana until sometime in 2020.

If you are caught buying or selling marijuana before that, then you will likely be hit with a civil infraction whereas before it was a felony.



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