MICHIGAN: You don’t have to be stoned to have trouble understanding the hazy tapestry of laws and ordinances governing marijuana in Michigan.
Not that long ago, understanding marijuana law was easy. It was illegal and possessing it could land a first-time offender in jail for anywhere from 93 days to one year.
Now, someone pulled over by police on Grand Rapids’ S-curve with marijuana in the car could face a spectrum of consequences depending on whether the cop is a Grand Rapids Police officer or a Michigan State Police trooper, and whether the driver has a Michigan medical marijuana card and if the card holder has the marijuana in the trunk or in the glove box.
Defense attorneys like Bruce Block, marijuana advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors like William Forsyth agree that following the law is a challenge for everyone – those seeking to enforce it as well as those seeking to adhere to it.