Michigan Pot Shops Will Re-Open Because There’s A Weed Shortage
In other words, the state is dankrupt. See what I did there?
So, here's the details that I can loosely explain: first of all, this has nothing to do with recreational sales, which we probably won't even see until next year. But it has EVERYTHING to do with the medical marijuana program, which has been in effect since 2008 in Michigan.
Basically, LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) in Michigan have been constantly changing the rules and regulations for the program. In 2018, most dispensaries were facing shutdown, unless they could get the newly-required licenses approved by the state.
Enter a judge's order, which allowed dispensaries to stay open while they're applying for said licenses - that order expired on December 31st of last year. Meaning, as we entered 2019, most Genesee County dispensaries have been shut down by the state.
Now, let's talk supply and demand: there is DEMAND, and very little SUPPLY with the stores being closed. The few dispensaries that ARE open are having difficulty stocking products, due to the new regulations imposed on manufacturers.
After an outcry to newly-seated Governor Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan residents, the state of Michigan is allowing the dispensaries that were shutdown to re-open...until March 31st.
So if you have a medical card, you can go get your sweet cheeba at any of the open dispensaries, pending that they have product in stock, until the end of March. After that, it appears as though they'll close down again until they're licensed.