Cannabis News: Recreational Cannabis Legal in Michigan December 6 and New Jersey Inches Closer to Legalization

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Today’s cannabis news sees Michigan legalizing recreational cannabis on December 6th and steps being made in New Jersey towards cannabis legalization. 

Cannabis News: Legal Cannabis in Michigan

Recreational cannabis is set to be legalized across the state of Michigan on December 6th. In November, Michigan residents voted to legalize recreational cannabis and now it is coming to life. Adults that are 21 years or older will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. In addition to the 2.5 ounces, adults can grow up to 12 plants in their home. 

Since the legislation is so new, the state is working on finalizing the regulations. Commercial cannabis will not be available for sale until late 2019. 

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“We are giving LARA one year in which to pass rules for the commercial licenses. So in other words, any adult will be able to transfer up to 2.5 ounces adult to adult without pay. But if you want to sell it, you have to get a state license,” Thomas Lavinge with Cannabis Counsel told Fox2Detroit news.

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Michigan setting its date for legalization has been the biggest cannabis news to hit the media in the US this week. Smoking in public places and arriving to work under the influence of marijuana will remain illegal.

Cannabis News: Legal Cannabis in New Jersey

Yesterday, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly committees had a hearing that included the debate of legalizing recreational cannabis. The Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, hasn’t fully endorsed the legalization of recreational cannabis yet. S2703 still needs to pass a vote in front of the New Jersey House and Senate before it gets to the governor’s desk.

Yesterday’s debates brought it one step closer, and residents of the state should know very soon. If passed, it would take months for retail shops to begin selling cannabis to customers.

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