Regulators in Michigan will begin accepting applications for licenses to operate businesses in the state’s coming adult-use cannabis market on Friday. The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency will accept applications for several different license types on its website beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 1.
The agency expects to begin issuing adult-use licenses to companies that are already licensed to grow, process, test, and retail medical marijuana as soon as late November, according to media reports. But once those licenses are issued, it will still take months for recreational cannabis to reach consumers, according to Joe Neller, the co-founder of medical marijuana producer and retailer Green Peak Innovations, which has permits allowing the cultivation of 18,000 plants and operates four dispensaries in Michigan.
“If the state takes all of the 90 days afforded to them by law to review our application and grant us a license, then we could start producing that adult-use product,” Neller said. “It does appear the state is going to make us begin those plants basically from seed or clone, so that would take another six months to grow the product, harvest it, pas[s] testing, package it up and get it into market, so anywhere from