Transporting or Possessing Usable Marijuana Improperly Can Result in Criminal Charges
Transporting or Possessing Usable Marijuana must be done in accordance with Michigan law (MCL 750.474). A person shall not transport or possess usable marijuana in or upon a motor vehicle or any self-propelled vehicle designed for land travel unless the usable marijuana is (1) enclosed in a case that is carried in the trunk of the vehicle and/or (2) enclosed in a case that is not readily accessible from the interior of the vehicle, if the vehicle the person is travelling in does not have a trunk. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both. Usable marijuana is defined in MCL 333.26423(j) as the dried leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof, but does not include the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant.
This statute adds to the confusion regarding marijuana and the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. There even is a trial judge in Benzie County, Michigan that found this statute to be unconstitutional because it conflicts and is superseded by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. There does not appear to be an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals in the near future so the statute is still good law in Michigan.
Criminal Defense Attorneys That Can Help With the Michigan Marijuana Laws
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