Michigan Laws In 2008 marijuana was legalized in the state of Michigan for
medical purposes. Those permitted to possess marijuana must first apply
through a physician's recommendation. All applications must be
accompanied by a one hundred-dollar registration fee. Those who are on
Medicaid or SSI can have this fee reduced to twenty-five dollars.
Although an individual may have legal permission to possess marijuana,
he or she must comply with all regulations. These can include a limited
number of plants and a limited ounce amount allowed at a time.
Anyone who violates the regulations will be subject to Michigan
marijuana laws for all those who do not have legal permission. Any
individual who does not have medical permission will be arrested for
possession, cultivation, or trafficking.
Possession Normally all possession offenses are considered misdemeanor
offenses in the state of Michigan. Possession, cultivation, and selling
offenses are divided by the amount in possession. No matter if an
individual has a prior marijuana offense or not, he or she will be
subject to the same penalties as a subsequent offender.
A marijuana use offense is punishable by up to ninety days in jail with
or instead of a fine of one hundred dollars. This kind of offense has
the possibility of conditional discharge.
Any measurable amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense and comes
with the penalty of a fine of two thousand dollars with or instead of
imprisonment of one year. The possibility of conditional discharge is
also available. Possessing any amount in a public park can be increased
to a felony offense and can earn a fine of two thousand dollars with or
instead of two years of imprisonment.
Cultivation All cultivation offenses are considered felony offenses under
all circumstances. Cultivating fewer than twenty plants can earn a
twenty thousand-dollar fine with or instead of a four-year imprisonment
Cultivating anywhere between twenty and two hundred plants can earn up
to seven years of incarceration with or instead of a five hundred
thousand-dollar fine. Any time an individual cultivates more than two
hundred plants he or she will earn fifteen years of imprisonment with
or instead of a ten million-dollar fine.
Sale The distribution of marijuana without remuneration is considered
a misdemeanor offense and can be punished through a fine of one
thousand dollars with or instead of one year of imprisonment. All other
marijuana sale offenses are considered felony offenses.
Selling less than five kilograms can be punished by four years of
imprisonment with or instead of a twenty thousand-dollar fine. Selling
between five and forty-five kilograms is penalized with a five hundred
thousand-dollar fine with or instead of seven years of incarceration.
The sale of more than forty-five kilograms can earn fifteen years in
prison with or instead of a ten million-dollar fine.
Driving Under the Influence Driving under the influence of marijuana is treated the same as
driving under the influence of alcohol. All offenses, whether first or
subsequent, are based on the number of years in between offenses. Under
the influence offenses can earn up to five thousand dollars in fines,
community service, and up to five years in prison.