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Michigan pot sales don't skip a beat, relying on new online and curbside model

 As non-essential Michigan businesses shut down operations after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, marijuana shops across the state continue to operate via curbside pickup and home deliveries.

Like bars and restaurants, marijuana dispensaries can no longer serve customers in-store, but local pot shops say sales are holding steady as they transition to online orders.

“We haven’t really lost too much from it, people are staying loyal and coming out,” said George Pittenturf, a manager at the ReLeaf Center in Niles.


Michigan is smoking more marijuana than any other state during coronavirus pandemic, survey says

Quarantine caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19 is forcing people across the world to find ways to entertain themselves.

In Michigan, people are lighting up.

According to a Twitter survey conducted by the health blog bodynutrition.org, Michigan residents are smoking marijuana more than any other state during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Analysts used trends software with direct access to geotagged twitter data to arrive at the conclusion.


Michigan Recreational Cannabis Sales Increase 34% In February, Prices Down Slightly

Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry continued its steady ascent in February, based on the latest monthly statistical report released by the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency.

Monthly recreational marijuana sales hit $14.8 million, a 34% increase over the nearly $9.8 million in January sales. The first full month of recreational sales, which began Dec. 1, logged $7 million in sales.


University Creates First-Ever 'Cannabis Center of Excellence' Research Center

A small public university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has opened a large facility dedicated to cannabis training and research. Students in the university’s cannabis chemistry degree program will use the center as part of their studies.

Lake Superior State University in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, is calling the 2,600-square-foot facility the Cannabis Center of Excellence at the Crawford Hall of Science.


Michigan temporarily allowing curbside marijuana pickup amid coronavirus concerns

In order to limit exposure to the coronavirus, Michigan is temporarily allowing curbside pickup at marijuana stores across the state.

Additionally, the state Marijuana Regulatory Agency in a statement issued Monday, March 16, encouraged medical marijuana patients and recreational marijuana customers to place delivery orders when possible. There are about 15 recreational marijuana retailers and 66 medical marijuana dispensaries approved for home delivery, according to the state licensing website.


Cannabis Sales Growth in Michigan to Get a Helping Hand

Recently, the state of Michigan started getting serious about where dispensaries source their product. On March 2, the state finally began a process that will phase individual caregivers out of the market.

Beginning June 1, the state will limit how much caregiver flower growers and processors can purchase. On Oct. 1, only patients with medical marijuana cards will be able to buy directly from their registered caregivers.

A tough nut to crack

Michigan is a pretty big market for legalized cannabis, with annual sales over $1 billion. Unlike most states, however, the vast majority of cannabis sold in Michigan dispensaries is grown by individual caregivers who have been competing fiercely against each other since 2008.


Kalamazoo asking for public input on recreational marijuana policy

The City of Kalamazoo is seeking input from the public on the first draft of its recreational marijuana ordinance.

City officials published an initial draft of the ordinance on February 28, which can be read in full online at this link. However, this is only one draft, and a full version has yet to be finalized. 

To begin with, officials say that all zoning standards drafted are subject to change before final approval, since the City is updating its zoning code and map. The policy will go to the Kalamazoo Planning Commission on April 2.

Commissioners have until June 1 to finalize a recreational marijuana policy. 

As written, the currently drafted zoning regulations are as follows -


Michigan's regulated marijuana market to lose significant source of cannabis

Michigan is phasing out a significant source of medical marijuana sold at dispensaries.

Licensed caregivers will be prevented from selling marijuana to the regulated market beginning on Oct. 1, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced in a bulletin Monday.

The original intent of caregivers was to provide cannabis to up to five medical cardholders. But the state allowed caregivers to sell to licensed growers and processors to overcome a shortage in marijuana.

Now that the state has nearly 200 licensed medical cannabis growers in Michigan, the MRA is beginning to cut off caregivers to allow the market to work itself out.


Dispensaries In Michigan Sue State Over Licensing Applications

The state turned down their licenses to sell recreational marijuana in Detroit, Inkster and Traverse City. Now several businesses are suing saying the state violated the law.

Their case is based on the idea that timing - is everything. They say they got their applications in before their cities decided to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries, so their application should be approved.

“What we do is provide safe access to tested products,” said Stuart Carter, Owner of Utopia Gardens on East Lafayette Street in Detroit.

Carter says right now they can do that for medical marijuana cardholders, but not adults over 21 who want to buy marijuana as state law allows for recreation. His application was denied.


Michigan Recreational Marijuana Sales Increased 29% In January

Michigan released its latest monthly marijuana industry statistical report for the month of January.

As expected, recreational marijuana sales continued to grow at a brisk pace in January, the latest monthly sales figures show.

Recreational sales hit $9.8 million, compared to nearly $7 million in December, the first full month of recreational sales, which began Dec. 1.

The state for January will collect about $1.63 million in recreational marijuana tax revenue, $980,000 from the 10% excise tax and $646,800 in sales tax.


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