DETROIT – Michigan has officially become the first state in the central-northern region of the United States to allow the use of marijuana for non-medical purposes.
Thursday was the first day that recreational marijuana was licensed in Michigan after strong voter support in the November 6 elections.
Michigan is now one of nearly twelve states and the District of Columbia has legalized recreational marijuana. However, retail stores will have to wait months to sell and must be controlled by regulatory bodies.
Residents of 21 or older can own or transport up to 70.8 grams (2.5 ounces) of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants out of the public eye. It can only be consumed in private homes or property, even if tenants and employers can prohibit their consumption.
The measure came 10 years after voters approved the use of medical marijuana.