Marijuana has been in the decriminalization process since 1973 with many states over the years passing laws to either authorize the use of marijuana or prohibit it. It is time to stop treating marijuana like a deadly drug, when science and public opinion agree that it is relatively safe for adult recreational and medical use. With recreational and medical marijuana on the verge of nationwide legalization, marijuana growers and dispensaries and grow facilities popping up everywhere.
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Michigan officials issued a set of heavily anticipated emergency rules for the recreational marijuana market this week that will define how the commercial sale of the now-legal drug will operate.
The rule set comes more than six months after 57 percent of Michigan voters chose to legalize marijuana and hemp in the state.
Broadly, the recreational marijuana market is designed to mimic the medical marijuana market — but with fewer hurdles to starting a business and more opportunities for social consumption.
Here are 11 key points to understand from the state’s emergency rule set:
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 emergency rules didn’t indicate any sign of when the first retail sale may happen, but did lend some clues.
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency will begin accepting business license applications Nov. 1.
Once businesses are licensed by the state, regulators could choose to allow medical marijuana products to be sold on the recreational market. As the medical program has struggled with licensed supply issues, that may not occur.
Industry experts predict sales may occur by the first quarter of 2020, and no later than March 2020.
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.
State regulators made a point of banning weed drive-thrus in their emergency rules.
They also are banning mobile weed shops and online mail-order sales.
Under the new state law, the number of large-scale grow licenses a business can hold are capped at five. That means the maximum number of plants a commercial grower could have is capped at 10,000.
For some large-scale businesses, that’s not close to enough. Regulators have created a new license type — called excess grow — for large-scale businesses that operate in both the medical and recreational market. The new license type allows growers to have more plants than is currently capped under state law.
State officials will allow medical marijuana plants to be transferred to licensed recreational marijuana grow facilities to help the adult-use market launch.
State officials plan to help out communities that have been disproportionately affected by the past prohibition of marijuana by releasing a social equity strategy.
According to the emergency rule set, that could include waiving or reducing application fees for certain qualified applicants.
The social equity plan will be released later this July.