Unless something drastic happens, it looks like adult-use recreational marijuana will become legal in Michigan on December 6. Adults over 21 will be able to legally possess and smoke marijuana on private property. But recreational marijuana won’t be going on sale until the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (DLRA) decides on the rules and issues licenses, which is going to take until early 2020.
When it rolls out, Michigan will be the first state in the Midwest to legalize adult recreational use marijuana. The state has had a medical marijuana program in place since voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act in 2008, which effectively legalized limited amounts of medical cannabis for patients and their primary caregivers.
But recreational marijuana introduces a level of business opportunities, innovation, and investment that far exceeds what a small medical market demands, and that has excited cannabis advocates in the region. The 2018 midterm election saw many pro-marijuana legislators and attorneys general come into power in Michigan, which bodes well for the 2020 rollout.
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