Recreational marijuana to be legal in Michigan, but what's next?

There are lots of questions after Michigan voters decided to legalize marijuana for recreational use. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

MOUNT MORRIS, Mich. - There are lots of questions after Michigan voters decided to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

The state already has rules for medical marijuana but this is completely different.

Those rules will help the state establish regulations for recreational use.

One question we've seen repeatedly on social media - can you now light up while walking down the street? The answer is no.

One of the groups behind Proposal One, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says recreational weed remains illegal until 10 days after the election is certified.

That must happen by November 26.

When it does, adults won't be arrested for simple possession or using cannabis.

But public consumption will not be legal.

No smoking and driving and no smoking in a public park.

Advocates are excited but say there’s more work to do.

“This isn't done. Just because we passed legalization we have many more hurdles to accomplish. expungement is one, federal banking is one, criminal justice reform on the national scale,” said Rick Thompson of Michigan NORML.

He says recreational marijuana won’t be available for sale until 2020 at the earliest.

That's because the state still needs to create regulations and issue licenses for recreational sales.

Other big questions include what happens to those convicted of low level marijuana charges, can someone be fired or lose their home for it, and how much you can have in your possession or grow.

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