What to expect now that recreational marijuana is legal

Like it or not, it is now legal to possess and consume marijuana for recreational use in Michigan. A few people close to the issue weigh in on how it might affect the citizenry.

By Ron Carnell
For those who haven’t heard by now, recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan. On Nov. 6, Michigan became the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana. On Dec. 6, individuals were lawfully permitted to begin growing up to 12 plants, reserve as much as 10 ounces for personal use, and legally carry up to 2.5 ounces. Whatever one’s view on legal marijuana, Michigan’s green wave is on the way.
And it’s been a long time coming. The people’s desire for legal marijuana in Michigan began openly on April 1, 1972. That March, the Michigan Supreme Court declared a possession charge against activist John Sinclair unconstitutional, which left Michigan briefly without a law against marijuana possession. This window of time made way for the first University of Michigan Hash Bash, where a thousand or so students and Ann Arbor area citizens smoked openly on a lawn at Central Campus. The following year’s Bash caught the attention of a state representative, who participated in the celebration.

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