Michigan marks 1st day of legal, recreational pot
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Michigan marks 1st day of legal, recreational pot

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    Lansing City Pulse reporter Kyle Kaminski stands outside Lansing City Hall, across the street from the Capitol and hands out free joints today in Lansing, Mich. The alternative weekly newspaper did so to mark the official legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan.

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DETROIT >> Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.

Today marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters’ strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election.

Staff at the Lansing City Pulse, a weekly alternative newspaper, marked the day by handing out free joints across the street from the Capitol.

Michigan is now among nearly a dozen states and the District of Columbia with legalized recreational marijuana. Still, retail shops are still months away and must involve state regulators.

Residents age 21 and older can possess or transport up to 2.5 ounces (70.8 grams) of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants out of public view. It can be consumed only at homes or other private property, though landlords and employers can prohibit it.

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