In 2018, the State of Michigan legalized marijuana for recreational use, allowing for residents to use the Schedule I drug at their own leisure. Of course, individuals must be at least 21 years of age or older to purchase and possess marijuana and there are limits to how much they can have on them. If an individual is caught with more than two and a half ounces and up to five ounces, they could be charged with a civil infraction and a fine of $500.1
Individuals who have more than 10 ounces of marijuana in their homes will also face criminal charges. While the State of Michigan does recognize marijuana as a legal drug so as long as individuals are abiding by the laws that are in effect, the government still views marijuana as being an illegal drug. Therefore, individuals who use marijuana or sell it need to be sure they are aware of the laws that apply to them and are always in compliance with them.
Lansing Michigan Business Owner Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison in Connection with His Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Despite all of the new laws that were enacted allowing for the use of marijuana for recreational purposes and the sale of it, federal drug charges are still being filed against individuals and businesses. A Lansing man, who also owned several medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Michigan, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after his locations were raided several times between 2010 and 2016.2
The Lansing resident had been open and operating his dispensaries since 2010, according to Mlive, but was ultimately found guilty of “acting outside of the boundaries of the state medical marijuana law.”
Accused of a Drug Charge in Michigan?
The best way for an individual or business owner in Michigan to avoid drug charges is to become familiar with their state’s laws along with the requirements they must meet in order to legally operate a business. Unfortunately, because the laws aren’t always easy to understand and are sometimes conflicting with federal laws, individuals may not know when they have committed a crime.
If an individual or business owner in Michigan is facing drug charges and needs a reputable Michigan criminal defense lawyer to represent them, the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. is here to help. Defense attorney Stuart R. Shafer has over 45 years of legal experience and can help an individual facing such unfortunate circumstances understand their rights as well as the charge they are up against.
The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:
1223 Turner Street, #333
Lansing, MI 48906