Officials Issue Reminder That Cannabis is Forbidden in Michigan’s National Forests
Spring has finally sprung, and after a long winter people are pouring out of their homes to enjoy the long-awaited return of warm weather. For residents of Michigan, there are plenty of ecological treasures to explore, from prairies to coastal marshlands, dunes to bogs. And now that weed is legal in Michigan, venturing into the great outdoors is a perfect occasion for communing with nature with some cannabis. Unfortunately, some of the most popular spots in Michigan aren’t marijuana-friendly, and park officials are reminding everyone that federal prohibition still stands in the state’s National Forests.
On Federal Land, Prohibition Supersedes Legalization
In the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan voters legalized cannabis at the ballot box, passing Ballot Proposal 18-1 and establishing the “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act”. But as in other weed-legal states, that law doesn’t apply on land controlled by the federal government. Land like national forests, national parks, wilderness preserves and wildlife refuges all fall under federal jurisdiction.
So since the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance on par with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, bringing it with you into a national forest violates the law.
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