Michigan has legalized medical and recreational marijuana use. This means that possession of marijuana is not considered illegal and may not result in imprisonment. Legalization also means the entrepreneurial and business avenues for selling marijuana have increased exponentially. The resulting “green rush” however has left the state in a precarious position. Keep reading to learn more.
What Is a Green Rush?
When there is a “rush” of a resource, it has either been recently discovered to be prevalent in a particular area causing an influx of people to mine or sell it. For example, the gold rush in the 1800s started with the discovery of a gold vein in California and hundreds of thousands traveled west to make their fortune.
In Michigan’s case, the reality involves less mining and more entrepreneurship. After the legalization of cannabis, an influx of businesses has made their way into the industry. However, as more money flows into the marijuana industry, large corporations are in a race to the bottom.
Competition is a natural part of the industry, but big and bigger businesses are acquiring small salesmen across the state in an effort to lower prices significantly. Small companies and dispensaries cannot keep up with these prices and the cost of licenses. Many have claimed that black-market marijuana and the lack of caps on plants per grower have decimated the market.
Black market growers are not operating legally and do not have property certification. Additionally, some illegal distributors may not follow state regulations which endangers users. Questionable blends can contain drugs other than marijuana and can cause side effects that may require medical intervention.
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While legalizing marijuana is a step toward eliminating wrongful imprisonment on the basis of possession charges it opens up the state to new, more complicated issues.