Newspaper in Michigan Hands Out Free Joints to Celebrate First Day of Marijuana Legalization

Yesterday Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. And while we're sure Michiganders all celebrated in their own way, one newspaper in the state made an extra effort to help people honor the occasion. 

Journalists for the City Pulse, an alternative weekly newspaper, went to downtown Lansing, Michigan to hand out free joints to people to celebrate the first day of marijuana legalization. The journalists say they ran out of joints in less than an hour and at least 28 people accepted their free cannabis.

"We wanted to do something to celebrate this occasion," said City Pulse reporter Kyle Kaminski.

While smoking or using marijuana is illegal in public, there's nothing in Michigan's new laws that bans giving away free cannabis in public, so it appears the actions of the City Pulse reporters is 100 percent legal. They also said they contacted the Lansing police chief and an attorney before the stunt to make sure they wouldn't get in trouble.

Unfortunately for many Michiganders this is basically the only way they'll be able to enjoy their legal marijuana for now. Most experts believe setting up a recreational marijuana market in Michigan will take at least a year, so unless people go through the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card, they won't be able to legally purchase cannabis.

(h/t Lansing State Journal)


With the end of the spring legislative session just days away, New York lawmakers are making one final push towards legalizing cannabis in the Empire State. The hope is to vote on legalization this Wednesday. There have been a lot of ups and down for Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and his fight to legalize recreational cannabis in New York.

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