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Marihuana is (basically) legal

Last year, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, which legalized the recreational use of marihuana. Many believe this means they are free to use marihuana howmarihuana photo.jpg they please, but you should know that there are restrictions on its use, and you can face serious consequences if you break the law. First, legal use of marihuana only applies to individuals over 21. If you are 21, you can carry up to 2.5 ounces in public and keep up to 10 ounces in your home. This law frees up law enforcement from policing small possession cases. You might be able to go to establishments that solely have marihuana for social purposes. If organizers allow, you might be able to smoke during festivals and other special events. Business will be able to apply for license applications beginning November 1, 2019. These businesses could even give you the option of delivering marihuana to your home. However, marihuana is still considered a drug. If you use marihuana before driving/operating a vehicle, you can be charged with operating under the influence. If you possess more than the legal limit, you can face a larger possession charge. If the feds make your situation their business, you could face federal charges because there is no such thing as "legal marihuana" under federal law.

Marijuana and Gun Sales: ATF's New 4473 - "Just Say No!"

marijuana and gun laws.jpgMarijuana and guns?  ATF says "No!"  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, or ATF, has issued an important notice about changes to Form 4473, the Firearms Transaction Record. Form 4473 is the federally mandated form that must be filled out by any person who acquires a firearm from a federally licensed dealer.  The notice of changes is extremely important for FFL's, customers, and gun owners generally.  It is particularly important for persons trying to strike a balance between gun rights and medical care - expecially when it comes to the use of marijuana as medicine.

Michigan Trimming Marijuana Rights Wherever It Can

medical marijuana.pngMarijuana is a hot topic.  Recent developments in Lansing show that the State of Michigan continues to dial back marijuana usage through whatever means available. As reported in the Detroit Free Press, the state is auditing physician certifications in order to find doctors who are improperly, and possibly fraudulently, granting marijuana to ineligible patients. The Free Press also reports that the state legislature is attempting to make it possible for landlords to prohibit medical marijuana in their rental units whether being grown by a licensed caretaker or even just used by a card-carrying patient.

K2 / SPICE / SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA TO BE OUTLAWED

Synthetic marijuana, more commonly known as K2 or Spice in Michigan, has become a cause for concern among the Michigan legislature and state and local police forces. Last Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved several measures to make the possession, distribution, or sale of the substance illegal while allowing the Michigan Department of Community Health to impose a temporary ban on new substances deemed an imminent danger to people's health. Macomb County, the city of Detroit, and numerous other metro-Detroit governments have already enacted similar measures. The bills will now make their way to Governor Rick Snyder's desk where, upon his signature, the new laws will take effect statewide beginning July 1.

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