Hundreds Line Up for Recreational Weed Sales in Michigan

The first recreational cannabis stores opened on Dec. 1, drawing huge crowds of customers — some of whom reportedly camped out overnight.

Hundreds of people lined up outside of dispensaries in parts of Michigan over the weekend as the first day of legal weed sales officially began. 

Michigan legalized recreational cannabis via a ballot initiative in November 2018. On December 1, 2019, the first recreational cannabis stores opened, drawing huge crowds of customers — some of whom reportedly camped out overnight. 

In Michigan, people over the age of 21 can now buy and travel within the state with up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. At home, people can possess up to 10 ounces and grow up to 12 plants for personal consumption, as long as the plants aren’t visible from the outside. 

Although recreational weed is now legal to possess in Michigan, more than 1,400 cities, townships, and/or villages in the state aren’t allowing recreational cannabis businesses to run, meaning nearly 80 percent of the state can’t sell it. Detroit, reportedly with the most dispensaries, has delayed recreational sales until at least January 31, 2020.

Ten states, plus Washington D.C., now allow recreational weed sales. Illinois will become the 11th state when sales go into effect in January 2020. 

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