Buy weed online Grand Rapids city

Buy weed online Grand Rapids city

It’s happening. Starting Sunday, December 1, 2019, Michiganders over the age of 21 will be able to purchase recreational marijuana from licensed retailers.

But you can’t just walk down to your nearest pot shop without a medical card and stock up. The licensing process is still in the very early stages, and only a handful of businesses will be open starting on Sunday.

So who can sell recreational marijuana, and who can buy it? Here’s what you need to know.

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Who can sell

On December 1, only four businesses started selling recreational marijuana: Exclusive Brands, Arbors Wellness, Greenstone Provisions and Michigan Supply and Provisions. Three shops are located in Ann Arbor and one is in Morenci, Michigan.

The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency is allowing shops to move up to half of their 30-day medical marijuana inventory, which has already been tested and approved, to the retail side. Buy weed online Grand Rapids city

The MRA began accepting retail license applications on November 1, and issued its first license to Exclusive Brands on November 19. Five non-retail licenses have also been issued, and 69 applications for various types of marijuana licenses are pending approval. Non-retail licenses include licenses for growing and processing, testing, and events.

As of November 22, 1,411 municipalities have opted out of the licensed establishment portion of the marijuana law, meaning they have chosen to not allow retail sales in their communities. That leaves just a handful of cities that are currently allowing businesses to receive licenses, including the cities of Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids.

(Click here to see if your municipality has opted out.)

Buy weed online Grand Rapids city

The Detroit city council voted to temporarily prohibit marijuana businesses until the details of the city’s marijuana ordinance can be finalized. The ordinance is currently set to expire January 31, 2020, but could be extended. Detroit has 39 licensed medical marijuana businesses, the most in the state.

Who can buy

Like alcohol, marijuana is legal to purchase and use for anyone over the age of 21.

Buy weed online Grand Rapids city There are limits to how much weed you can possess, and therefore purchase, at one time. Anyone with more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person can face a fine of $100, and the punishments increase if you have two or more times that amount.

And even though anyone can now purchase marijuana, there are still rules about where you consume it. Essentially, it is still illegal to smoke pot in public spaces, such as walking down the sidewalk or in public parks. Also, like tobacco, landlords, leaseholders, and business owners are allowed to prohibit smoking within their premises.

What about medical marijuana?

Buy weed online Grand Rapids city There is some fear that the medical marijuana market may be negatively impacted by recreational sales. That’s why medical marijuana businesses and cardholders will see certain perks. Buy weed online Grand Rapids city

Existing medical dispensaries are being given priority in the recreational licensing process for the next two years. After that, all applicants will be on an equal playing field.

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