Marijuana Is Legal In Michigan Today But Shops Won’t Come Til 2020

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs hopes to finish licensing by 2020

Marijuana is now legal for adults 21 and over to possess and use, and to grow at home.

The law takes effect Thursday, Dec. 6, in Michigan — a month after 56 percent of voters said yes to Proposal 1. It’s now the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, a law initiated by cannabis reform advocates that’s been in the making for decades.

“This is as American as it gets,” said John Sinclair, the poet and activist whose 10-year prison sentence for possessing two joints sparked the movement that led to the first Hash Bash protest in Ann Arbor in 1972. “You can pass your own laws, you can take your initiative. We’ve proven that again and again.”

Michigan is the first state in the Midwest with legal marijuana, and the tenth in the nation. A decade after Michigan legalized medical marijuana and 45 years after the first Hash Bash, adults can have 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person, up to 10 ounces at home and can grow up to 12 plants.


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