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Michigan's marijuana businesses weathering COVID-19 economic storm

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry is maintaining, despite the COVID-19pandemic and economic slowdown.

Customers are still showing up at Michigan’s recreational marijuana retail outlets.

Adult-use sales spiked to $5.7 million the week before the governor issued the stay-home order.

The stay-home order allowed the cannabis retailers to remain open, though with restrictions requiring drive-up sales.

Some marijuana businesses owners were concerned the order would cut into their fledgling industry’s growth.

But since the order took effect, recreational marijuana sales have stayed steady between $4.5 to $4.8 million a week.

Robin Schneider is the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association. She says the industry’s supply chain hasn't been uninterrupted by the pandemic or the economic slowdown.

“Our supply chain is sustaining very well” says Schneider, “Our growers are taking very extreme precautions to be able to stay in business.”

Recreational marijuana sales became legal in Michigan last December.

Michiganders voted to legalize recreational use in 2018. 

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.