Michigan has joined the various other states in their 2018 ballot initiative to legalize recreational and medical marijuana consumption. This means that Michigan residents, 21 years and older, are able to possess, transport, use, and even grow marijuana. As a bordering state to Indiana, many Hoosiers want to know if they can visit Michigan, purchase marijuana products, and then bring them home to Indiana for personal use. This is a very relevant and predictable inquiry, as marijuana laws are constantly changing around the country, every day.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know as an Indiana resident visiting Michigan.
Before Michigan enacted their marijuana legalization laws, possession of marijuana was a misdemeanor crime, punishable by 1 year in jail and $2000 in fines. Trafficking and cultivation rendered even more serious penalties. But in late 2018, Michigan inducted the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA) after their ballot to legalize recreational and medical marijuana was approved by voters.
So Michigan state law now permits the consumption and possession of recreational and medical marijuana. But keep in mind that even though it is legal under state law, it is still illegal under Federal law throughout the entire country by way of the Controlled Substance Act. For Michigan residents, this means that, at any time, the state laws regarding marijuana can be overturned by Federal legislation.
Here in Indiana, marijuana is illegal across the board. And there is no talk of legalizing it anytime soon. So if you decide to visit Michigan and purchase marijuana, you CANNOT bring it back across Indiana borders. If you do, and you are caught by law enforcement, you will be prosecuted according to Indiana’s drug schedule. Read our blog, “An Introduction to Indiana Drug Schedules” to learn what this could mean in terms of penalties and repercussions.
Charged With a Marijuana Crime?
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