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Recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan on Thursday

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan Thursday, but there will be no where to legally purchase it. // WSBT 22 photo

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan on Thursday, but there won’t be anywhere that you can legally purchase it.

Officials with the licensing board say it could be 2020 before there are open recreational dispensaries. If you don’t have a medical marijuana license, there won’t be anywhere in Michigan that you can actually legally purchase marijuana.

Right now, the application to even apply to own a recreational marijuana business isn’t even expected to be completed until a year from now.

Adult use of recreational marijuana will be legal in Michigan on Thursday, but there won’t be anywhere that users can legally buy it.

“The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be spending the next year translating all of that into the application, what the application looks like. How the rules are going to be administered,” said David Harns, Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The application to apply to own a recreational marijuana business has to be available by December 6 of 2019. The licensing board will have its own regulations and then also look at each city’s laws.

“The local municipalities have the ability to put restrictions on the facilities in their area,” said Harns. “The state’s job, our job, is to license facilities as long as they have approval at the local level.”

There are three marijuana laws in Michigan: The Medical Marijuana Law in 2008 that allows people to grow their own plants, the 2016 Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act that allowed people to open medical dispensaries, and now the Adult Use Marijuana Law that goes into effect on Thursday.

The facilities licensing act of 2016 for medical marijuana has hundreds of applications being reviewed by the Department of Licensing.

So far there have been 67 licenses approved, with 40 of those as dispensaries, but those businesses can only sell to someone who has a medical marijuana card.

“If you want to get a medical marijuana card, you aren’t going to be able to purchase marijuana without it for a long period of time,” said Harns. “The best way to do that is to go directly through us.”

Beginning Thursday, anyone over the age of 21 in Michigan will be able to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at their home.

You will not be able to sell them, but they did say they could be given away as gifts to family and friends.

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