It’s now time for the local governments in Michigan to act as they now only have until October to decide whether or not to ban recreational marijuana. The authorities are under increasing pressure to make a decision sooner rather than later as many officials are now ready to start working on the state’s marijuana market. They are hoping to issue rules and regulations for marijuana businesses by the end of the month so, obviously to prevent any major confusion, it’s now in everyone’s best interest that the governments finally make their decision.
After 57% of Michigan voters voted yes to Proposal 1 just seven months ago, a lot of Michigan’s communities have in fact banned the use of recreational marijuana already. At the time of writing, the number of communities that have imposed a ban has reached 600.
Right now, as things stand, though, the state of Michigan wouldn’t be able to ban any companies from setting up shop to sell marijuana. The only thing they are able to prevent as of now is the possession and consumption of marijuana.
So, what does it take to set up a recreational marijuana business in Michigan? In order to sell the product to an adult who is over the age of 21, the shop would need to gain a state license. However, without these licenses, shops and businesses are unable to trade the product, regardless of the Michigan residents voting to legalize it just a few months ago.
Right now, some businesses are able to gain these licenses, but they are only able to go to medical marijuana companies that were already in existence before the vote for recreational marijuana. This regulation will last for the first year; once that year has passed, it should become easier for new businesses to gain a license to sell recreational marijuana.
There is one main difference between selling medical and recreational marijuana: the types of licenses that you need to sell the products. Companies that only intend on selling medical marijuana need to acquire both state and local licenses. However, recreational businesses only need state licenses. Applicants are always vetted by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency, and it is important for the agency to note whether the local town has also passed a ban.
These bans are usually temporary. This is so communities can wait to vote and make their decision on recreational marijuana until after the state has put their cannabis regulations in place. The Michigan regulations are hopefully going to be ready at the end of this month, so it looks like most communities will be given until late October to make their decision.
When the Michigan body does release their regulations at the end of this month, they will only be emergency ones and will expire in six months, just in time before the final decision is made in October.
If the decision is made to see recreational cannabis as completely separate from medical marijuana, then the first sale could take place in March, 2020.