What's next now that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan?

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Michigan voters had their say and soon recreational marijuana will be legal in their state.

"I don't think it's as harsh as other drugs," said Sarah Smith of Blissfield. "So I just feel that it's OK to pass it."

But before anyone can start using there are still lots of hoops to jump through before the law sets in.

"It'll be sometime probably early December when people are no longer considered 'criminals' for having cannabis in Michigan," said Lissa Satori of The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

The group played a big part in getting Proposal One on the Michigan's ballot. Leaders say the new law likely won't go into effect until 10 days after election results are certified.

"People will be able to possess cannabis legally and also will be able to grow up to 12 plants on their premises," said Satori.

Under the law consumption will be limited to 10 ounces on private property. People will also only be able to grow plants in secure places.

"You can't do it in your front yard," said Satori. "You have to have it locked and secured so that people under the age of 21 do not have access to where you are cultivating your plants."

When it comes to buying cannabis, sellers will need to be licensed and charge a 10 percent sales tax. Satori says businesses won't be able to cash-in until regulations are in place.

"As far as the first sales in licensed businesses and those types of things, we won't see that until probably early 2020," said Satori.

With Michigan bordering Ohio some law enforcement leaders are concerned there will be problems.

"They can go to Michigan, do what they do in Michigan, but coming back they're not going to be able to bring the marijuana with them," said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

The sheriff says having even a small amount of marijuana on you in Ohio could mean misdemeanor charges. When it comes to getting behind the wheel he says the same laws for drinking and driving apply.

"So if someone is weaving, they caused a crash, were involved in a crash—those are the indicators that we are going to use for someone driving under the influence," said Wasylyshyn..

While the sheriff says marijuana is harder to test for he says officers will likely rely on blood samples to charge someone driving high.

When it comes to Ohio, the state legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Getting the program off the ground has been slow, however, but within the next few months people with certain conditions should be able to use cannabis with a physician's blessing.