Michigan regulators issued new rules that govern the production of recreational marijuana last week, cutting medical marijuana caregivers out of the supply chain for adult-use pot. The change was announced in an advisory bulletin from the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) on April 8.
Since legal sales of recreational marijuana began in Michigan in December 2019, adult-use cannabis businesses have been allowed to purchase products from the state’s network of medical marijuana caregivers, who have been producing medicine legally for registered patients since 2008. The provisions allowing the transfer of medical marijuana to recreational cannabis had been scheduled to be in effect until October 1, but last week’s notice from the MRA put an immediate end to practice instead.
“Effective April 8, 2020, the MRA will not permit caregiver-produced or derived product to enter the adult-use market,” the bulletin reads.
Are Shortages Of Adult-Use Pot On The Horizon?
Medical marijuana caregivers have been supplying about 60% of the cannabis sold by licensed medical and recreational retailers in Michigan. But as more cultivators licensed to produce recreational cannabis come on line, the supply of medical marijuana should be reserved for patients, according to David Harns, a spokesman for the MRA.