In 2018, Michigan voters approved the legalization of personal marijuana use. On December 1, 2019, new laws put those desires into effect, allowing the personal use of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older. While this eases the fears for many people in the Great Lakes State, Flint criminal defense attorneys will still need to defend people accused of some marijuana-related crimes. While the new law legalized some use, possession, sales, growth, and processing of marijuana, some violations remain illegal. It’s important to understand these nuances to avoid charges.
Although Michigan was the 10th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the substance remains illegal under federal law. The Controlled Substance Act (CSA) classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning the federal government considers it to have high potential for abuse and no medical value. This classification puts marijuana in the same category as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.
Many experts believe it is unlikely that federal prosecutors will charge people with simple possession under federal law if they follow state law. However, marijuana users must know that federal charges are possible and carry to following maximum punishments:
Cultivating and selling marijuana in higher amounts can lead to even more significant penalties. If you find yourself facing federal marijuana charges, you need an experienced Flint criminal defense lawyer on your side.
Under the latest Michigan marijuana laws, adults over the age of 21 are allowed to:
Anyone who wishes to possess, grow, or sell more than these limits must hold the proper licenses to do so. Without those licenses, people who possess more than the allotted amounts may face criminal charges and penalties. Below are some of the charges and maximum penalties for marijuana-related charges in Michigan:
Selling more than 50 kilograms and cultivating more than 200 plants carry even steeper penalties. Possessing marijuana of any amount remains illegal in Michigan for anyone under the age of 21 and people of all ages in certain jurisdictions. For example, the University of Michigan does not allow marijuana on campus.
If you are facing marijuana-related charges, be sure you have an experience Flint criminal defense attorney by your side. Contact Nickola Law today to see how we can help.
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