Banana 101.5 listeners that supported the legalization of marijuana in Michigan are celebrating a major victory today as Prop 1 passed 56% to 44%. Michigan is the 10th state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Before you get cocky and think it's okay to just fire one up anywhere at any time, there are a few things you need to know first.

It's not going to happen overnight, it's more than likely going to take a couple years to get all of the marijuana businesses in Michigan set up with the proper licensing. However, the law will go into effect 10 days after the election results are locked in and certified. According to The Detroit News, this has to happen by at least November 26th. So we're looking at early December before everything goes into effect.

Here's a quick look at some of the particulars of the new law:

  • You must be 21 and older to purchase and smoke marijuana.
  • You can carry 2.5 oz in public and have 10 oz at home.
  • You can grow up to 12 plants at your home for personal use.
  • Smoking in public and or driving under the influence is illegal.
  • You won't be able to buy from weed shops for at least a year, possibly two.
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries will remain off limits to residents without a medical marijuana card.
  • It's up to individual companies to administer drug tests for marijuana, whereas federal contractors mandate drug testing regardless of state laws.

As long as you keep those facts in mind and remember that other laws against things like public use of marijuana and driving under the influence are still in place -- you should be fine from a legal standpoint.

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