Vape shops online and in stores are opening up in some parts of the state, but the state remains an open door for marijuana businesses.
The new regulations that were passed by the Legislature last month will help keep weed shops, dispensaries and growing operations in business and the industry thriving.
It will allow businesses to open, grow and sell cannabis products and to make money.
It also gives the state the authority to enforce its own laws.
“It is a great day for marijuana consumers and a great opportunity for businesses,” said Rep. Steve McLaughlin, R-Mountain Home.
“We’ve been saying for years that we are going to allow businesses, businesses that will sell and grow marijuana, to open and to be here.”
McLaughlin says the new law will allow people to get a prescription for cannabis and to buy from a pharmacy.
“It is something that is going to make a lot of folks feel more comfortable with their decisions and it is going, I think, to create a lot more confidence in our law enforcement agencies, that this is going be the law of the land,” he said.
Vape shops are expected to open up in parts of Michigan in the next few months.
They’re expected to offer an array of cannabis products, including oils, edibles and concentrates, as well as products for smoking.
They’ll be allowed to operate within their own limited space.
“They’ll have to do some work to set up shop, get the licenses, get permits and so forth,” said David Johnson, CEO of the Michigan Retail Merchants Association.
Johnson says a lot has changed in the last few years and that the new legislation will be good for both marijuana businesses and consumers.
“There are some really good things that have happened in the state of Michigan, but this is a really big deal for consumers,” he added.