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Michigan's recreational marijuana market takes a big step this week

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The state of Michigan will start accepting applications from businesses seeking recreational marijuanalicenses Friday, November 1.

But retail sales may still be a long way off. 

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Michigan voters approved recreational marijuana in 2018.  But the need for state regulations has delayed retail sales.

Robin Schneider is the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association. She is not expecting many applications to be submitted on Friday. 

“I just don’t believe that we’re going to see a Green Rush of businesses running out to get those rec licenses on the first day because of the lack of supply,” says Schneider.

Schneider says Michigan’s medical marijuanaindustry is already dealing with ashortage of marijuana flower.It's a shortage that will likely be exacerbated when recreational marijuana hits the retail market.

State regulators have said they will grant the first recreational licenses in the coming weeks. But growing and testing of marijuana plants grown specifically for the recreational market will take time.    

Schneider says recreational retailers may have to wait until March or April for supplies to become available.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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