There are different ways that people in Michigan relax or unwind. Some will drink alcohol as a way to relax or in social settings to help them have a good time. This is legal to do as long as people are 21 years old. Many other people use marijuana for the same purposes. People who are over 21 years old can also do this legally as long as the amount they possess is a small amount intended for personal use. However, if people possess larger quantities they can still be charged with serious crimes with severe consequences.
Possession amounts not considered a crime
People can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside of their home without being charged with a crime. They can possess up to 10 grams and up to 12 marijuana plants inside their homes as long as it is for personal use. They can also give away up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to others for personal use as long as they are not paid when providing it to other people.
Amounts that result in criminal charges
People who possess more than 2.5 ounces but less than five kilograms or between 12 and 20 marijuana plants could be charged with a felony and be put in prison for up to four years and/or have to pay a fine up to $20,000. If people possess between five kilograms and 45 kilograms or between 20 and 200 plants, they could be sentenced up to seven years in jail and/or pay up to a $500,000 fine. If people possess more than 45 kilograms or more than 200 plants, the potential jail sentence increases to 15 years and/or a fine up to $10,000,000.
Being charged with marijuana offenses in Michigan does not mean that people are automatically guilty. People may be able to avoid these consequences stated above with certain defenses. There are a number of potential defenses depending on the circumstances, but the defenses often start with whether the police legally stopped and/or searched the person or their property. If the stop or search was illegal then the evidence of the marijuana could be suppressed and convictions will likely not happen. Experienced attorneys understand these rights can protect one’s rights.