Starting October 1st, 2020, Michigan will prevent licensed caregivers from selling cannabis to the legal market. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency plans to cut off the caregivers in order for the market to work itself out. Originally, caregivers were allowed by the state to provide cannabis to up to five medical cardholders. To overcome a shortage of cannabis, they also allowed caregivers to sell to licensed growers and processors. Today, Michigan has nearly 200 licensed medical cannabis growers.
“We have always put patients first when we make decisions regarding medical marijuana,” MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo said in the bulletin. “This phase out process is an important next step in implementing the will of Michigan voters and making sure that patients continue to have access to their medicine.”
Beginning Sunday, growers and processors were prohibited from obtaining marijuana plants, concentrates, vape cartridges, and infused products from caregivers. Growers and processors will be permitted to continue buying unlimited flower from caregivers until May 31. From June 1 to Sept. 30, a commercial grower can only obtain caregiver-grown marijuana flower that weighs less than or equal to 50% of the total weight of flower that the commercial grower harvests. The final phase is Oct. 1, when growers can no longer obtain flower from caregivers.
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