Canada Legalized Marijuana – Effects On Michigan

Michigan residents may have noticed that Canada legalized marijuana in Oct. 2018 throughout its country. The various laws and regulations will vary from area to area. It is advisable to consult with a Canadian lawyer if there are specific questions or issues that arise with the substance while within their country. Therefore, it should be noted that this is not an article on the laws and regulations of marijuana within Canada, but instead how it impacts Michigan Residents.

Now that Canada legalized marijuana, it does impact Michigan, and others within the United States. What this means is that technically individuals within the United States and found traveling in Canada can partake in their laws or ability to legally use and possess marijuana. However, individuals should determine if there are special regulations within certain areas that do now apply to all individuals, i.e. only Canadians can use or possess marijuana in a specific territory or location. Generally, US citizens will be legally allowed to use while in Canada, yet they will be limited to Canada. Meaning, even though Canada legalized marijuana it does not allow for US citizens to bring the substance back to the United States, and thus they are limited to only when they are in Canada.

This is an interesting time for the US since Canada legalized marijuana and many States here in the US are also legalizing the substance. It will be more interesting to see how the legalized states and Canada begin to interact on a commercial level and on a immigration level, if at all. It is also important to note that medical marijuana cardholders will also likely not be able to transport or possess marijuana when crossing the border, even though Canada legalized marijuana. The issues with Federal law are always in play when in the US, which includes the border area and crossing. Again, these are interesting times are marijuana begins to be more acceptable.

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