MICHIGAN | Recreational marijuana sales will begin after 10 a.m. Sunday

MICHIGAN | Recreational marijuana sales will begin after 10 a.m. Sunday

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 16:09
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LANSING, MI -- The first commercial recreational marijuana sales in Michigan are expected to occur after 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

The Michigan Regulatory Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 27, announced it plans to officially transfer product currently licensed under the medical marijuana to the recreational side for sale at that time.

Employees for the three licensed marijuana shops, Arbors Wellness, 321 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor; Exclusive Brands, 3820 Varsity Drive in Ann Arbor; and Greenstone Provisions, 228 Ashley St. in Ann Arbor, all said they plan to make their first sales after the state transfer concludes.

The state on Nov. 13 said it would allow marijuana retailers to relabel up to 50% of their medical marijuana product that had been in inventory for 30 days or more for recreational sales.

The state began accepting recreational marijuana applications on Nov. 1. Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo said he expects nearly a dozen retail locations to be licensed by the new year.

This is a list of licensed recreational marijuana store locations and other that have applied and are awaiting approval:

Brisbo last week said, due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, it was unlikely that recreational sales would begin until Monday, Dec. 2. The Marijuana Regulatory Agency later altered plans to allow for Sunday openings.

As of Nov. 21, the state had received 31 applications for retail locations.

There are currently eight licensed recreational marijuana businesses, including for three retail stores, a testing lab, two processors, a grower and a marijuana event planning.

State budget forecasters expect Michigan’s recreational marijuana market to generate in excess of $1.5 billion per year by 2022.