In 2018, the state of Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational cannabis. The legislation, which went into effect in December of the same year, is known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.
This move came a decade after voters in the state approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. The program, which operates as a division in the state’s cannabis regulatory agency, is governed by different legislation and is detached from the agency’s medical and adult-use cannabis licensing division.
While this isn’t a prescription, the law requires that only a physician of osteopathic medicine and surgery or a medical doctor who has a current practice license in the state can sign the physician certification for a patient to qualify for the program. Additionally, the law governing the state’s medical cannabis program lists medical conditions that are eligible for the use of medical cannabis. The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine has found that the plant is beneficial in treating and reducing nausea and pain as well as other symptoms linked to various debilitating medical conditions.
The main differences between recreational and medical marijuana can be observed in the amount and taxes paid, as taxes for recreational cannabis are higher. Either way, if users are planning to or are using either recreational or medical cannabis, there are a few things to keep in mind with regard to state law.
The law states that individuals aged 21 and above are allowed to process, store and possess no more than 10 ounces of cannabis and should not grow more than 12 cannabis plants for personal use. This is in addition to stipulating that individuals aged 21 and above are allowed to process, transport, purchase, consume, use and/or possess no more than 15 grams of cannabis concentrate and 2.5 cannabis flower ounces.
Additionally, drivers are not allowed to have more than 15 grams of cannabis concentrate or 2.5 cannabis ounces on their person. Drivers are also not allowed to consume cannabis while operating any motor vehicle and are also barred, along with their passengers, from smoking cannabis in the passenger area of a vehicle. In addition to this, passengers and drivers cannot transport cannabis into Canada.
The penalties for operating under the influence of cannabis are similar to those of operating under the influence of alcohol. Penalties include six points on an individual’s driving record, a license suspension, a $500 fine and three months in jail, among others.
It appears that the regulations established in Michigan aren’t such a big hindrance to the sector. This is because many companies, including Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF), have established themselves in this market and are thriving.
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