Recreational Marijuana in Michigan

In November 2018, Michigan voters passed Proposition 1, which legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older in Michigan. Voters previously voted to legalize medical marijuana in the state in 2008. However, marijuana for both recreational and medical use is still federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.

The National District Attorneys Association explains that "state laws that authorize, license and regulate the possession, production, use and distribution of marijuana directly conflict with and are subject to preemption by federal drug laws that prohibit those same activities," and that the Department of Justice could decide to enforce these federal laws at any time.

In other words, local governments that accept tax revenue from marijuana establishments, as well as organizations that accept donations from marijuana businesses, could be held liable under federal law. 

The same goes for banks that are regulated federally; these banks open themselves up to government seizure by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) if they choose to accept money from a federally illegal act, which is why many marijuana businesses operate as cash-only. 

What’s Next?

The SRSLY coalitions in Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, and Stockbridge are dedicated to empowering youth to live healthy, substance-free lives. To help reduce youth marijuana use, the coalitions are working to educate community members, reduce youth access to marijuana, and limit youth exposure to  pro-marijuana messaging. Therefore, SRSLY urges the following: 

  • That local governments to consider scientific facts and historical evidence in deciding what is best for our communities.
  • That local governments that choose to opt-out of allowing marijuana establishments in their municipalities notify LARA and make public comment or distribute an official press release announcing their action.
  • That local businesses and schools refuse to allow advertising and signage for marijuana and/or the distribution of publications or media that have such advertising on their premises.
  • That organizations, non-profits, and schools refuse donations or sponsorships from the marijuana industry.
  • That public schools and administration prohibit representatives from the marijuana industry to give presentations to students.
  • That employers adopt new, specific policies to protect youth health and safety and communicate those policies with employees.
  • That LARA  adopt policies and regulations that will protect youth health and safety, including limits on marijuana potency and advertising, strict requirements on packaging and labeling, and strong penalties for furnishing marijuana to persons under 21.

Read more about recreational marijuana and what’s next at the SRSLY Coalition Regional Website: