Several states have legalized marijuana use for recreational purposes and the state of Michigan recently joined those by passing a law of their own. As of December 6th, 12:01 a.m., Michigan officially became the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, according to the Detroit Free Press. So, what exactly does this mean for residents?

Well, just because marijuana is now legal in the state of Michigan doesn’t mean individuals can casually walk around smoking or do so while operating a vehicle. In fact, there are still active laws everyone needs to be aware of so that they don’t put themselves in a compromising situation that could lead to them getting arrested. To help you better understand what laws apply to those who plan to use marijuana for recreational purposes, read on below as we highlight this information for you.


  1. If you are 21 years of age or older, you can carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and have up to 10 ounces at home. Anyone “under the age of 21 [is] not permitted to possess consume, or sell marijuana” [Source:Bridge Magazine]. The source also says that “possession is illegal at K-12 schools or lands owned by the federal government, such as national forests or parks.”


  1. You cannot smoke marijuana in public.


  1. You are not permitted to drive while under the influence of marijuana. Research suggests that marijuana does impair your ability to drive just as alcohol does so it is against the law to have it in your system.


  1. While you are allowed to grow up to 12 plants at your residence, they must not be “grown in a location visible from outside.”


  1. Landlords may be able to ban you from using marijuana despite it being legal so it would be a good idea to find out if your landlord permits it or prohibits it.


  1. Bridge Magazine says that the recently enacted marijuana law only impacts individuals going forward and those who have been charged with possession of marijuana or a similar crime won’t have their convictions expunged because of it.


  1. With marijuana being legal for recreational use, don’t expect all employers to allow their employees to consume it. In fact, “some industries, such as federal contractors or transportation workers, will still be required by the federal government to test for marijuana.” Other employers of private companies may also test their workers for marijuana so you will want to find out how your employer intends to handle the new law.


If you are facing criminal charges after being arrested for possession of marijuana or driving while under the influence of marijuana, contact a criminal defense lawyer in Lansing, MI who is ready and prepared to help you fight these charges.

Now, if you have any other questions pertaining to the legalization of marijuana, you can always contact Lansing, MI criminal defense lawyer Stuart R. Shafer who will be more than happy to address your concerns. In the event you were arrested for possession of marijuana in Lansing, MI or charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, you most definitely will want to reach out to the Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. as you will need an experienced defense attorney to help you fight these charges.


The Law Offices of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can be reached at:


1223 Turner Street, #333

Lansing, MI 48906