November 28, 2017
We may soon see the arrival of legalized recreational marijuana in the great state of Michigan.
Next year, voters will get to decide on whether to approve or deny a ballot initiative for legalized marijuana. The initiative could allow people to possess and use marijuana legally. This means that smoking marijuana legally would no longer be confined to those who do so within the medical marijuana framework.
Too Much Litigation Over Medical Marijuana
Currently, recreational marijuana is not legal. Michigan does have medical marijuana. The medical marijuana legal framework proved to complicated and difficult to implement.
There seemed to be endless litigation over every phrase in the medical marijuana law. The issue of medical marijuana went up to the Michigan Supreme Court many times a year. Frankly, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act could have been written better. A more well-written law would have spared the courts from hearing the endless medical marijuana dispute.
Will this new ballot initiative decrease the amount of litigation? The legislature probably says hopefully. However, as it stands, the ballot initiative is an impressive 18-page long documents, chalk full of definitions and legalese.
Major Points of the Law:
What Happens Next
This is only the proposed law. Of course, the law must be voted on and approved before recreational marijuana becomes a thing in Michigan. Several years ago, pro-marijuana advocates tried to get a similar initiative on the ballot for voters. It’s a long story, but something went wrong, and the initiative didn’t make it on the ballot. The voters were not able to determine whether legal marijuana would make it. These pro-marijuana advocates have probably learned their lesson and won’t make the same mistake this time around.
Sam Bernstein of ArborYpsi Law is a in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He also practices criminal defense and driver’s license restoration. ArborYpsi Law is located in Ypsilanti, MI and serves the surrounding area including Ann Arbor & Washtenaw County. Call ArborYpsi Law at 734-883-9584 or e-mail at
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