Market Date: 6 August, 2020

High demand, low supply may impede recreational marijuana in Michigan

that I it is a virtual certainty that marijuana for recreational purposes will not be accessible at state-approved dispensaries before the first quarter of next season.

Michigan started taking applications Friday to get a number of permits to grow, process, transportation and market marijuana or cannabis for adults that are 21 and elderly, but the end of November is the money any of these licenses could be accepted, stated David Harns, a spokesman for the nation’s marijuana-licensing agency.


And that comprises just people who have been assessed by the country to grow, process, sell or transport medical marijuana, Harns explained. It’ll require at least 60 to 90 times to complete background checks for people who have never gone through the application procedure.

But if a dispensary managed to obtain approval prior to the close of the calendar year, they probably won’t have cannabis that may be marketed for recreational purposes since the nation’s providers can hardly keep up with the demand from the estimated 300, 000 inhabitants using a medical-use card.

“The director could have allowed the transfer of product for recreational purposes, but he doesn’t plan on doing it right away,” Harns stated, speaking to Andrew Brisbo, that manages the nation marijuana-regulatory agency. “It doesn’t make sense to potentially take it away from medical patients.”

While supplying a tour of this dispensary he’s working on in 1140 S. 11 th St. at Niles, George Lynch, CEO of Green Stem, stated the belief that adult-use marijuana may be available prior to the close of the season was unrealistic for anybody with some understanding of this emerging sector.

Although he’s got a provisional permit, Lynch will not have the ability to finish the procedure to get a medical dispensary license until he concludes his construction, which will be mandated to incorporate a vast selection of security provisions.

Delivery vehicles, by way of instance, will pull in the construction, marijuana is going to be saved in a vault and goods are going to be in locked cases — repurposed in the Sears store in the University Park Mall — during shop hours.

Lynch expects to get the 4, 200 -square-foot business open until the close of the calendar year, but it is going to probably be March before the place can branch to adult-use marijuana.

“The shelves in the medical dispensaries aren’t even full,” Lynch stated. “So it’s ridiculous to think there’s any supply out there for adult-use.”

Lynch, who jumped to Niles to begin what he calls a family company instead of retiring, intends to take things into his own hands by growing and processing marijuana at a secure space in the former Simplicity Pattern Co. plant on Wayne Street.

“We hope to have our first plants under grow lights by Feb. 1,” stated Lynch, adding that a few of the plants that he intends to grow and procedure finally could visit other provisioning centres in the nation. “It takes about four months for the overall process — from planting to processing.”

Lynch said he is also trying to find a partner who’d be considering producing raw products which will probably be made by means of a confectioner in the Simplicity plant.


Green Stem can be found at the prior Sparkle Quik Lube, but it is going to bear no similarity to the automobile business. Rather, the new shop is going to have a friendly urban, contemporary layout that Lynch imagines could be utilized for biking and other courses once the shop is closed.

“We’re trying to get this out of the shadows,” said Lynch, who favors the usage of the term cannabis instead of marijuana and obtained a license for medical use due to an inability to maneuver.

“It helped me,” stated Lynch. “We’re trying to create a boutique environment where people are comfortable coming and maybe finding something that can help them.”

Past the introduction of Green Stem at another few months, Berrien County have Zen Leaf at Buchanan and the ReLeaf in Niles with much more to come in both towns, in addition to growing and processing facilities.

According to what has happened in Colorado,” Lynch considers that roughly 75 percent of his company eventually may be for adult usage, instead of medical purposes.

Ric Huff, town administrator for Niles, said that he has mixed feelings about the slight delay for recreational marijuana.

“From an economic development perspective, you want them to be successful,” stated Huff, speaking to the millions of dollars that are being spent locally. “However from a municipal-legal perspective, we are kind of happy it is dragging on.

“It is moved fast for authorities.”