When Michigan legalized possession of marijuana Thursday, the drug joined craft beers, perfect summers and the Upper Peninsula as tourist attractions for out-of-staters.
But Illinoisans should know that, as of now, there is nowhere they can buy marijuana legally in “Pure Michigan,” as the state’s tourism ads put it. Until businesses are licensed — which could take more than a year — the drug remains illegal to sell to the general public, illegal to consume in public and illegal to take across state lines.
Those contradictions in the law, as well as the conflict with the ongoing federal ban on pot possession, could mean real problems for both residents and visitors, opponents warned.
But Michigan’s experiment could serve as a blueprint for Illinois’ own efforts toward legalization, though it’s possible that Illinois could actually roll out legal recreational weed first, if all falls into place.
In Michigan, commercial production and