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Alaska Becomes Third State to Legalize Marihuana, Could Michigan Be Next?

Mark Mandell, Esq.

Alaska will be the third state to legalize marihuana, due to a recent voter-passed initiative. As of 2015, marihuana has been decriminalized, and the recreational pot business will be up-and-running by 2016.

Could Michigan be the next state to jump on the “Pineapple Express”? There are already some rumblings of a 2016 ballot proposal.

The current laws and local ordinances governing marihuana and medicinal marihuana have become quite the patchwork in Michigan. Lawyers, law enforcement, and citizens alike are hoping the Michigan Supreme Court will soon provide some clarity to these laws.

Today, depending on where you live in Michigan, if you have a Medical Marihuana Registry Card, how you’re transporting that marihuana, and whether you get pulled over by a state trooper or a local police officer, you could face a range of consequences.

With conflicting decisions coming out of the circuit courts on whether the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has any value when it comes to possessing marihuana, it is hoped that the Michigan Supreme Court will clarify whether people can use a medical marihuana defense if they face criminal charges.

If you were pulled over and had marihuana in your car and need legal help, you could have a defense to avoid potential penalties. Our attorneys have the experience to navigate Michigan’s complex medical marihuana laws and protect your rights or lessen the fines or penalties you could be facing.

Read more on the legalization of weed in Alaska on CNN:

You can read more on the Michigan Marihuana issue on MLive:

Fausone Bohn, LLP Metro Detroit defense attorneys have the experience you need to protect your rights in medical marihuana defense cases. If you need a local lawyer who can help with your marihuana defense case, give Fausone Bohn, LLP a call at (248) 468-4536 or visit us online at

Fausone Bohn, LLP serves clients throughout southeastern Michigan including the cities of Detroit, Ann Arbor, Northville, Farmington, Brighton, South Lyon, Livonia, Canton and Novi.

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