[Canniseur: The regulators in the state of Michigan are still sticking their collective heads in some very dark and dank places. It might seem from the outside that ‘regulators’ are thwarting an open market. Open as in, the normal economics of a market would govern supply. The reality is, this more about the lack of knowledge and experience. They need to look at the alcoholic beverage industry as a model for cannabis industry.]
The adult-use cannabis market in Michigan officially opened for business this morning, Dec. 1.
A year has come and gone since Michigan voters passed Proposal 1, making the Wolverine State the tenth in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis. Just 10 days after the law was verified, it became legal for adults in Michigan to possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public and 10 ounces at home. However, it has taken a year to get a licensed retail distribution system ready to go — and just barely, at that.
The only places selling cannabis to adults today in Michigan are medical marijuana dispensaries who have been approved for recreational sales. In fact, only three Michigan dispensaries are licensed to sell pot to adults today, according to the Detroit Metro Times, and they’re all in Ann Arbor. These dispensaries are now going to be able to sell products that have sat for 30 days or more on their medical shelves to any person over 21 years of age.
This strategy has an obvious dilemma: there will likely be big supply shortages in the adult-use cannabis industry. It’s ramping up to be a less than spectacular start.
But there’s a group of people who could solve the problem. They are legally growing more cannabis than they need, and until recently, Michigan let them sell to dispensaries.
The Plight of Medical Cannabis Caregivers in Michigan
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