GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — There are some new rules for medical marijuana in the state of Michigan as of Sunday.
If you’re a medical marijuana patient and you go into a provisioning center you might see fewer processed products like edibles and vape cartridges on the shelves.
That’s because there’s fewer sources for those products now.
As of March 1, none of the processed products on the shelves in provisioning centers can come from medical marijuana caregivers.
They have to come from licensed processing facilities.
“It may put a crimp in the supply of the dispensaries where the prices for the product could go up at least temporarily,” Matthew Abel, the Executive Director for the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
By the end of September, licensed growers and processing facilities won’t be able to get any of the marijuana flower from medical marijuana caregivers.
Everything on provisioning center shelves will have to be grown at licensed facilities.
“Processed goods will be affected the most,” said Nick Manvel, the Store Manager at Redbud Roots, a provisioning center in Acme Township. “As we move forward and we’re unable to pull in caregiver flower and process it or pull processed from caregivers you know we are gonna see a decline in these products all of them.”
This has some patients worried.
“I really just hope that everybody has access to the medicine that they need,” said Dustan Craig, a medical marijuana patient.
According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, there are about 200 licenses medical marijuana growers and 25 licensed processing facilities in Michigan.
Michigan Marijuana industry leaders said some of the caregivers may try to enter into the recreational market once all of the changes are final.