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Police remind Hoosiers marijuana is still illegal in Indiana

Anyone can now buy marijuana in Michigan.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 9:06 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2019 10:17 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Anyone can now buy marijuana in Michigan.

People, including some from Indiana, lined up outside dispensaries Sunday morning as recreational sales began.

Now, police in Indiana are warning people to keep the pot there.

"Here in Indiana, marijuana is still illegal," said Sgt Sofia Rosales-Scatena, the Fort Wayne Police Department spokeswoman.

Rosales-Scatena said officers will continue to enforce those laws, even if it's legal when you buy it.

"They have to leave that in those other states. They will be arrested here in Indiana if they are found with any marijuana," she said.

Marijuana is legal for medicinal use in Ohio. Michigan and Illinois legalized recreational use.

Rosales-Scatena that's why Fort Wayne officers are vigilant.

"We have an actual large amount of arrests for marijuana currently. I think has to do with just society in general," said Rosales-Scatena.

Michigan officials estimate hundreds of millions of dollars of pot will sell in the first year, but recreational marijuana isn’t broadly available yet.

And it's still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

That's why many companies still have policies against it, no matter where you use it.

"You may still have a drug test here in Indiana, so be sure your employers are not going to want a clean bill of health from you," said Rosales-Scatena.

Illinois starts recreational marijuana sales in January.

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