When Can Michiganders Buy Legal Recreational Pot? Governor Addresses

The state has until December 6, 2019.

June 19, 2019 - 9:07 am

(WWJ) Michigan voters spoke at the ballot box last fall when they overwhelmingly supported the legalization of recreational marijuana.

So, when will they be able to stop by a local shop and get edibles, smokes, and more?

The process to get it on store shelves is still ongoing.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke live on WWJ this morning about how careful they're being with that process:

"Marijuana's everywhere," Whitmer said. "The voters already embraced recreational use and we need to abide by that. Michigan's moving forward and that's why we've got to have protections in place to ensure that it doesn't end up in the hands of our young people. And that we're observing the findings of legitimate science-based tests."  

Michigan was the first Midwest state to legalize pot for recreational use. Under current law, you can carry up to 2.5 ounces as long as you’re not at a K-12 school or on federal property. Users will have to smoke up in private, the same way drinking can't be done on the street.

But where can you legally buy it? Nowhere -- at least right now. It's illegal to bring in from another state -- as pot is still banned by federal law -- and it's not available legally for sale without a medical marijuana card.

So currently, the only way to procure it for recreational use is to grow it yourself, up to 12 plants are allowed inside a house as long as plants are secure and out of public view -- or get it as a gift from a friend who does. 

The state has until December 6, 2019 to figure out licenses and regulations for recreational pot shops.