Legal pot sales start Sunday, and Ann Arbor is the place to be 

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At least three Ann Arbor stores could be selling recreational marijuana by Sunday morning, as the state’s first legal sales commence. 

The state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced on Wednesday that stores cleared for adult-use recreational sales which also hold licenses as medical marijuana provisioning centers may begin transferring up to 50% of their medical inventory over to recreational sales beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.

MRA spokesman David Harns said that presently just three Ann Arbor stores were cleared to begin those sales on Sunday morning, but more could be added. 

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The three stores with licenses cleared for recreational sales are Greenstone Provisions, Arbors Wellness and Exclusive Provisioning Centers, according to the MRA. 

In order to begin recreational sales, all products being transferred must have passed all state tests, which includes testing for vitamin E acetate in vaping products. The chemical has been linked to lung injuries which has now led to two deaths in Michigan. 

The state last week hit pause on commencing with sales of marijuana vaping products in order to ensure are free of vitamin E acetate. 

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In 2018, 56% of voters in Michigan approved Proposal 1, which legalized recreational weed for those age 21 and over. 

The District of Columbia and 11 states have legalized recreational marijuana use.

Nick Manes
Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.