ST. JOSEPH COUNTY —
Confusion at the state line. Marijuana is legal in states like Colorado and Oregon.
In Michigan, people with medical marijuana cards are allowed to use but once you cross over into Indiana you are breaking the law — even if you used weeks ago.
Roommates and friends Joshua Borsodi and Tyler Wiening are medical marijuana users. For Borsodi, it eases pain in his hand.
“Some days I can control it. Some days I can’t,” says Borsodi.
For Wiening, it helps control his chronic back pain.
“Relaxes me, calms me. eases it,” says Wiening.
The men live in Niles and are careful with what they call their “medicine.”
“I follow the rules, I follow the laws. I know my laws. I stay on top of them. I stay within guidelines and don’t step outside them,” says Borsodi.
That’s important because while medical marijuana card holders can use the drug in Michigan, when they step across the state line the rules change.
“Your law stops at the border,” says St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor Eric Tamashasky, “it is basically the drug equivalent to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Once you cross the bridge it is a whole different set of rules.”
Tamashasky says no matter what, marijuana is off limits in Indiana.
“For our perspective, the way Indiana law works– if you have marijuana in your system you are committing a crime,” he says.
Toxicologists say the drug can stay in your system as long as 30 days.
That means, even if you haven’t used for weeks you could still be committing a crime in Indiana if you get behind the wheel.
“So you can basically be a DUI ticking time bomb for weeks after you smoked,” says Tamashasky,