Consumers Celebrate Michigan’s First Day of Recreational Marijuana Sales


The end of pot prohibition is nigh, my fellow Americans, and there are certainly reasons to celebrate…even for those who do not consume the plant.

As it stands today, well over half of the states in our nation has some form of legal or decriminalized marijuana.  Thanks to the continued federal ban on the plant, however, there is no consensus as to what this could mean.  In places like Colorado and Oregon, an of-age adult can simply walk into a dispensary and purchase any number of cannabis-infused products from edibles and energy drinks, to pre-rolled joints and plain, old-fashioned weed.  In parts of New York State the plant is decriminalized, and getting caught with less than an ounce of the stuff will land you a misdemeanor ticket after having your stash confiscated.

Add the recent legalization of hemp to the mix, and enforcing the law has become a legitimate nightmare due to the two plants’ chemical similarities and law enforcement’s inability to differentiate them on-the-fly.  In parts of Georgia, police departments have directed their officers not to take action on any amount of suspected marijuana that would be considered ‘for personal use’.

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Michigan is the latest state to make marijuana legal for recreational use, and citizens of The Wolverine State couldn’t be happier.

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One buyer, who wished to remain anonyous, spent the night in a tent outside the Exclusive Brands marijuana shop and said he was looking forward to buying his weed legally.

“It’s exciting. It’s nice to not have to feel like a criminal,” he told mlive.com.

Thirty-one-year-old Rich Oliver from Grand Rapids echoed his comments, “It feels safer. You know it’s tested, you’re not taking as much of a risk.”

There is a much larger picture to consider for some users.

…Vietnam War veteran Gregg Etzel, who has artificial knees and hips, a metal plate in his head, and who bit off his tongue during combat, noted that marijuana kept him from using anything more dangerous.

“I’ve never taken opiates,” he said. “I credit the weed.”

Marijuana legalization has been a vibrant and effective way to bolster the economy as well, with tax revenues in places such as Colorado creating surpluses that wind up going back into the local community in enormous and effective ways.

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