A few things to know about Michigan’s Marijuana Laws
Amy Biolchini of mLive is delivering some of the best writing on Michigan cannabis, and that definitely includes her article on 11 things to know about Michigan’s new recreational marijuana rules which highlights key points to understand from the state’s emergency rules issued earlier this month. Some highlights…
Retail sales are still months away
Since the law took effect in December 2018, Michigan residents age 21 and older have been able to possess and consume marijuana., but they haven’t been able to buy weed legally yet — as the only state-licensed businesses open and operating are required to serve only card-carrying medical patients … The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will begin accepting business license applications Nov. 1 & industry experts predict sales may occur by the first quarter of 2020 and no later than March 2020.
Cities and townships have until November 1st to ban businesses
Since November 2018 when Michigan voters chose to legalize, more than 600 communities have passed a ban on adult-use marijuana businesses. That means about 4.7 million Michigan residents live in a place that has banned the cannabis industry, according to an MLive analysis. Some of those bans are temporary, as cities and townships wanted to wait and see how the industry would be regulated before deciding how they wanted to zone and regulate it themselves. (map of Michigan communities rejecting cannabis)
Social use will soon be allowed
Smoking and consuming marijuana at special events and festivals will soon become a reality in Michigan, if organizers choose to get a permit from the state. Smoking lounges and clubs will also become possible soon under a special state license. However, regulators said alcohol and food sales can’t occur in those establishments.
Home delivery will be an option
Any adult 21 and up will be able to order marijuana deliveries to their home in the future — in the same way that medical marijuana patients can do now.