Last year, after the vote to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana in Michigan was certified, people lined up outside provisioning centers with the expectation that they would be allowed to buy some in those locations — only to find that a state medical certification was still required. Nearly a year later, folks are still wondering when they’ll be able to walk into a store and buy some weed.
The conventional answer to that question is probably sometime early in 2020. That’s based on the Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s stated plan to start taking applications from businesses that already have medical marijuana business licenses this fall. MRA people have said that they will process these applications with dispatch. And since these already medically licensed businesses have already gone through the rigorous licensing process, it should be quicker and easier than the first time around.
But when you really look at what’s going on, it looks like there may be a long wait before any appreciable adult-use commerce takes place. Even as more and more medical marijuana provisioning centers open up, owners still complain that there aren’t enough quality provisions for their shelves. When considering adult-use, with a market possibly 10 times that of medical marijuana, where is the supply going to come from? [Read more at Detroit Metro Times]
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