Recreational marijuana has arrived in Michigan! This Sunday, three licensed facilities in Ann Arbor became the first retail storefronts in Michigan to offer recreational cannabis to adult residents.
To say that the sales numbers were “high” would be an understatement.
Between the three retail storefronts that opened on Sunday, sales totaled $221,000 for the day. This does not include $22,100 in excise taxes and $14,586 in sales tax generated for the state.
The first legal purchaser of recreational marijuana in Michigan? Kelly Savage of Columbus, Ohio. He drove over 3 hours just to buy pot from a legal source. His purchase? An ounce of Platinum OG Kush with the hefty price tag of $480.
While only Ann Arbor had stores open on Sunday, the towns of Evart and Morenci will also be opening cannabis shops this week. Morenci is particularly notable, because it is located close to the border of Michigan and Ohio. Critics of legalization state that border cities such as this are set up with the intention of drawing in customers who intend to illegally transport the cannabis back to their home states.
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