LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Michigan has become the 10th state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters approved Proposal 1 b ya comfortable 56%-44% margin.
But just because it passed, that doesn't mean you can light up today. There are a few things that smokers need to know before they pull out their Pink Floyd records.
"In reality, we haven't actually legalized marijuana in Michigan yet," said Jeffrey Hank, Executive Director for MI Legalize. "We voted to, but it's going to take a few days to go into place."
That won't happen until 10 days after the State Board of Canvassers certifies the election night results.
"Adults can grow marijuana at home, they can possess it, share with other adults," said Hank.
But even then there's more work to do before Michiganders can buy legal recreational marijuana in a store. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has to create rules and regulations for it.
"It's going to take about a year before we have commercial implementation of this system," said Hank.
The good news for anyone wanting to get high without breaking the law is that the medical marijuana regulatory system gives the state a head start.
"I think we'll be able to take a lot of those pieces and utilize and replicate them," said LARA Director Shelly Edgerton. "The fact that we were able to get the medical up and running in that year time frame, I think that we'll be able to do things hopefully quicker and not as complicated."