Simply put, the marijuana debate might be one of the most incredible, non-violent movements in the United States (ever). Since the debate began at the onset of the 1970s (when pot advocates successfully fought on behalf of HIV/AIDS victims), the little green plant has fully integrated itself into our society and has miraculously overcome hordes of negativity. Just ask the people of Michigan, who recently approved a law that fully legalized recreational use of marijuana during the 2018 midterm election. As of today, December 6, 2018, the adult-only drug is completely and fully legal, but here is the problem: adults cannot purchase the plant. Until the state government officially sets up dispensaries, these users will have to keep obtaining pot the old-fashioned way, and we are sure you have a good idea of what that means. Let’s take a closer look at this bizarre, self-contradicting incident and see what the Wolverine State has up its proverbial sleeves.
Making Milestones in Michigan
During the midterm election, Michigan voters officially approved the law that permitted the use of recreational-grade cannabis in the state, a significant milestone according to Matthew Schweich (deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project). As he explained in a recent press release, Michigan is the first Midwest state that will fully allow adults to grow and use marijuana without concern for legal repercussions. Besides putting a stop to weed prosecution, law enforcement officials can focus on more dangerous criminal activities.
Where Are All the Dispensaries?
Unfortunately, though, this legal market will not be integrated at this point. As of now, according to Rick Thompson (board member of activist group MI Legalize), people will still have to obtain their legal marijuana through illegal markets. How is that for irony?
Recently, Matthew Abel (executive director of the Michigan Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) explained that regulators in the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) have not started accepting business applications for licenses. As Abel humorously put it, the lawmakers have proverbially stuck their heads in the dirt and have decided to ignore what needs to be done.
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