November 20, 2018



Bernard Jocuns



Legal Marijuana in Michigan: What are My Rights?

Bernard Jocuns to Host Town Hall Meeting About Prop 1 and Effects on Lapeer


LAPEER – Attorney and activist Bernard Jocuns is gearing up to host an informational “town hall-style” meeting at Mayfield Township Hall next Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. The goal of the meeting is to explain to Lapeer area citizens how Proposal 1 will affect us, detailing the impact of the historic legislation on our state, our city and our everyday lives. Jocuns will address the crowd and will also encourage an open forum, with a question-and-answer section during the meeting.


The proposal to legalize marijuana for adult recreational was passed in the Nov. 6 election, making Michigan the first state in the Midwest to approve legal weed. Michigan will become the 10th state in the nation and the first in the Midwest to legalize marijuana for recreational use, joining California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and Washington, D.C. A total of 30 states, including Michigan, have legalized marijuana for medical use. Now, Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law is expected to take effect by Thursday, Dec. 6, according to state officials.


“I think it’s of the utmost importance that we talk about Prop 1 and how this law is going to affect citizens of Michigan, and in particular, Lapeer,” said Jocuns. “We’re going to be setting aside myths and debunking the nonfactual stuff that gets passed around the internet and everything. We’ll cover when marijuana will actually become legal, and what is considered permissible under the new law. We’ll talk about whether or not marijuana cases will still be prosecuted. Really, we want to give the people of Lapeer an idea of all the things they can expect with legalized marijuana within the State of Michigan in 2019.”


As of Dec. 6, adults over the age of 21 can possess and consume marijuana in the privacy of their homes. It remains illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. The state has one year to develop rules for a commercial marijuana industry in the state, and has to accept the first business license applications in December 2019.


Perhaps most importantly, Jocuns says, is to address the ways that the law will impact our community not only on a legislative level, but on an economic level as well. With recreational marijuana legalized, Lapeer stands to grow exponentially in terms of marijuana-related businesses, or “cannabusinesses,” a fact which has some citizens concerned. However, Jocuns says, we stand to gain a great deal from the new law and its economic impact, and education in regards to the legislation is of the utmost importance.



Bernard Jocuns, a criminal defense lawyer, was born in Pittsburgh and spent his formative years in Central Pennsylvania. Upon graduating high school, Jocuns entered the United States Army, and later worked in the entertainment industry for a number of record labels, as well as managing musicians. Jocuns later decided that his true passion was to be an activist and trial attorney. After becoming a member of the State Bar of Michigan in 2003, Jocuns eventually started his own practice in 2006 and permanently moved to Lapeer in 2009. Jocuns started the Marijuana Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and its first President, is the current President of the Lapeer County Bar Association & the Lapeer County Criminal Defense Bar along with many other organizations for which he is faculty and/or a board member.