DETROIT, Michigan — Recreational marijuana retail sales began — at three stores in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday December 1, 2019.
Ann Arbor’s Greenstone Provisions on South Ashley Street, Arbors Wellness on East Liberty and Exclusive Provisioning Centers on Varsity Drive were the only retailers selling recreational marijuana in Southeast Michigan.
The three Ann Arbor provisioning centers saw lines of customers on the first day. Stores are required to close at 8 p.m. in accordance with Ann Arbor regulations.
Michigan voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana for people over 21 at the polls in November 2018.
Consumers can purchase up to 2.5 ounces at a time. Marijuana cannot be used in public, on school property or on federal lands. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. Employers still can fire or refuse to hire people who fail a drug test.
The state of Michigan moved the date from January 2020 to Dec. 1, for retailers to be allowed to transfer 50 percent of the product they had held in inventory for at least 30 days from medical marijuana to adult-use recreational marijuana.
More than 1,400 of Michigan’s nearly 1,800 cities, townships and villages are not allowing recreational businesses.
Detroit, has delayed recreational sales until at least Jan. 31.