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Can possessing marijuana still lead to charges in Michigan?

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Drug Charge

In recent years, along with most of the country, and perhaps, soon the federal government, Michigan has seen significant changes in its marijuana laws. However, the current legal landscape surrounding marijuana possession in our state is anything but clear, and as a result, some people may wonder if they can still be charged for marijuana possession.

Is marijuana legal in Michigan?

Generally, yes, but with limitations. Our state has legalized it for recreational and medical use through the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act in 2018. It legalized recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Recently, the state of Michigan also recently announced that people seeking employment with state agencies will no longer be required to undergo a drug test for marijuana.

Possession limits

Adults of at least 21 years can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any given time. However, possessing more than the recommended 2.5 ounces of marijuana can lead to penalties. And, locals can grow up to 12 marijuana plants within their residence. Though, there are some rules around how those plants can be grown.

While owning marijuana is legal in Michigan, exceeding the possession limits can lead to penalties. If you are caught with more than 2.5 oz., you will face a maximum fine of $500 for a first violation.

Federal law

Despite the decriminalization of marijuana in Michigan, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug. Therefore, the MMMA and the MRTMA do not protect any individual found in possession of marijuana on federal property or being prosecuted federally.


While marijuana is legal in Michigan, it is essential to understand the specific laws and regulations surrounding its use and possession. Always stay informed about the latest changes in marijuana laws to ensure you are using and possessing marijuana within the legal boundaries.