Local attorney answers legal pot questions

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — As Michigan becomes for the state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana, many questions remain about how the new law will be enforced.

24 Hour News 8 took viewer questions to Sarissa Montague, who is a criminal defense attorney with Levine & Levine in Kalamazoo. 

"I think the most important thing for people to understand is that even though marijuana is going to be legal it is not necessarily allowed. Those are two very different things," Montague said. "It's going to be really interesting for the next few weeks, months and years from all different perspectives."

Questions surrounding gun ownership, foster care and future businesses are areas Montague said will likely be litigated before there is a clear approach. The law isn't specific enough to answer those specific questions just yet.

"If something is not specifically identified or defined in this act we are going to need to look to other places to see what's allowed and not allowed," Montague explained. "Maybe they will — they being the legislature — maybe they'll make amendments to the criminal code such that it addresses this."

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