MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Regulatory Agency issued a bulletin on Wednesday allowing any businesses that are licensed to grow, sell, or process medical marijuana to begin selling recreational marijuana on December 1, 2019, with a state permit.
Under the bulletin, these licensed facilities will be able to put half of their inventory up for recreational sale, as long as the product has been in the facility's inventory for at least 30 days.
"With the high turnover rate in this industry, our selection, even though we might have a license come December 1st, will be extremely limited until we can have several facilities within the state to supply the market,” said The Fire Station Provisioning Center Owner, Stosh Wasik.
Wasik added that he sent The Fire Station's recreational license application on Wednesday.
Wasik said obtaining licenses, however, can be time consuming.
"When we applied for our medical license, there was a lot of back and forth to make sure that [the state] had what they needed, and so I'm assuming it’s going to be very similar to that,” Wasik said.
The City of Marquette recently opted in to allow the sale of recreational marijuana within city limits, but applications for recreational marijuana facility permits will not be accepted until March 1, 2020, which is when the city ordinance goes into effect.
"It's being worked through at the planning commission level for changes to the land development code. Basically, [determining] where these places will be able to be at in zoning districts and stuff like that,” said City of Marquette Management Analyst, Sean Hobbins.
Northern Specialty Health in Houghton might see a longer timeline for when they can sell recreational marijuana, since the Houghton City Council voted to not opt in to allowing recreational marijuana sales.
"If they approve of the ordinance, it will go to a two-week public hearing, then it goes to the city council, and then another two-week public hearing, and then another vote. So it's looking like the end of January, probably more like the end of February, before we have local approval,” said Northern Specialty Health General Partner, Penny Milkey.
The Michigan Regulatory Agency added in their bulletin that recreational marijuana will likely not be widely available until the harvest of the first recreational crop, which will be around March or April of 2020.
Wasik added that he is excited to be able to offer recreational marijuana to customers in the near future, and that the decision from the state will positively impact communities across the state.
"Definitely tax revenue and more jobs for the community, to help communities prosper,” Wasik said.
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