Fire Up That Bong Michigan It’s Legal; One Problem Though
The day has finally come. As of today, December 6th, it is now legal to possess and smoke recreational marijuana legally.
The problem is, where do you buy your weed legally.
I say this because retail sales of recreational marijuana will not be available for about one year. Why one year, because the state of Michigan must still come up with the regulations, rules and licensing program for those businesses.
As Matt Able, a founding partner of Cannabis Counsel in Detroit was quoted saying in a Mlive article:
People are on their own
As the article asks, how do you get your recreational marijuana now that it is legal?
Well one way is if you have some really good friends who will gift it to you or perhaps you could buy a trinket from them for a sufficient amount of money that they will give a gift to you up to 2.5 ounces or their marijuana.
Matt Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington DC states that the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, Proposal 1, “allows individuals to gift up to 2.5 ounces of the smokeable marijuana flower and to gift up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates to others”. According to the Michigan State Police that enough marijuana to roll 70 gram-sized joints.
Problem still is where those generous friends who would be so kind to gift you their marijuana obtain their marijuana. It is questionable at best and really appears that medical marijuana patients cannot gift their marijuana to “friends”. Why would these medical marijuana patients gift their medicine to someone else, have you ever gifted your prescription drugs to a “friend”, don’t you need it for your “medical aliment”.
Can you grow your own marijuana with seeds, sure but how do you get your seeds legally. The new recreational marijuana law does not provide a mechanism to purchase seeds.
David Harns, spokesman for Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said in the article that:
Technically, fertile seeds are considered to be "marijuana" in Michigan, in the medical marijuana system, fertile seeds can be sold by licensed medical growers to licensed medical provisioning centers, who in turn can sell them to card-carrying patients or caregivers. That does not mean medical provisioning centers can sell fertile seeds to anyone. This is going to be slow in the roll out,” Abel said. “There are some people who thought all our problems were going to be over tomorrow. It’s not the end, it’s the end of the beginning.
Moral of this story is I would advise you to be very careful about how you obtain your recreational marijuana until all of this smoke settles.