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What you can, and cannot, do if voters opt to legalize recreational marijuana

Marijuana plant
Michigan's new ballot initiative would allow individuals to carry up to 2.5 ouces of marijuana flower.


This November, voters will decide whether Michigan joins the roster of states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

So what exactly will, and will not, be allowed if the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative is approved?

Journalist Alexandra Schmidthas been tackling this question for Bridge Magazine. She spoke with Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to break down the ballot initiatives suggested changes. 

If the initiative were to pass in November, individuals would legally be allowed to carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower and fifteen grams of concentrate. 

There is no consensus on how many grams are used per joint, but Schmidt said studies have estimated it is an average of about 0.5 grams. Using that measurement, the ballot initiative would allow an individual to have up to 140 joints. 

Since the initiative would not impact federal law, it would still be illegal to carry marijuana on any federal property as well as on the campuses of K-12 schools. 

“Don’t bring it to Sleeping Bear Dunes and don’t send it in the mail either,” Schmidt said. “USPS is controlled by the federal government, so even if you are sending it to somebody here in Michigan, that would still be considered a felony.” 

Listen above to hear the full interview and learn what other actions will be legal or illegal.

This post was written by Stateside production assistant Sophie Sherry. 

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