In November last year, 57% of voters in Michigan opted to legalize marijuana and hemp for recreational purposes. The drug was already available for medicinal use for a wide variety of medical conditions. However, the new law ensured that the drug could be legally bought, used and sold for recreational purposes by anyone over the age of 21. Since then, there have been several developments which will help sellers understand how the new laws and regulations will impact the sale of medical marijuana.
The legalization of marijuana has taken significant strides forward as of late. An exciting development occurred in July when rules and regulations for the use of recreational marijuana were released by the state of Michigan.
In 2018, voters in Michigan approved marijuana for recreational use by adults. It ensured that adults could grow and possess as many as twelve cannabis plants. This officially became legal last December. Despite this, pot could only be bought by individuals who are able to legally purchase the drug with a medical marijuana card.
Before Dec. 6, 2018 Michigan had been going through a cannabis prohibition that has seen over 200,000 people arrested over the past ten years. It stands as the first amongst Midwestern states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, with the Proposal 1 ballot gaining over 360,000 signatures and 56% voter approval.
However, the legalization effort has raised a series of questions, particularly over regulation of the plant in advance to its complete legal available on the market in 2020.
With the recent passing of Proposal 1 on November 6, 2018, it’s no surprise that enterprising individuals are looking at how to open a dispensary in Michigan. The proposal has legalized the use of recreational marijuana, possession up to certain amounts, and has paved the way for legal recreational and medical dispensaries to open.
Michigan Rec Ballot Proposal Prohibits People Under 21 from Working in Recreational Marijuana Businesses
Since voting to approve the recreational Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act in November 2018, businesses working in the industry have moved swiftly in preparation of the license application process that is set to open on December 6th, 2019. However, any youngsters aspiring to open a cannabis dispensary (or even work in one) will be forced to wait until they are 21 due to a clause in the ballot proposal that has been overlooked by many.
A groundbreaking and historic stride forward was made in the world of state-legal cannabis programs last week, when a bill was passed that would prevent the Department of Justice from interfering with state policies related to marijuana consumption, be it for medicinal or recreational purposes. The vote was approved by something of a landslide. With the help of bipartisan support, the final ballot ran 267 – 165.