Legal marijuana shops opening across Michigan – Spartan Newsroom – Spartan Newsroom

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LANSING – Michigan’s retail marijuana landscape continues to evolve almost four years after voters legalized its recreational sale and use in 2018.

Earlier this month, for example, Alpena opened its first dispensary. The Detroit City Council passed an ordinance this month raising the cap on recreational dispensaries from 76 to 100 and setting a lottery system to award some future licenses.

Elsewhere in the state, Gaylord’s first dispensary opened in March. And Pentwater voters in Oceana County will decide May 3 whether to repeal an ordinance that allows dispensaries in the village. 

Sault Ste. Marie, a city that chose not to limit the number of licenses, has increased its shops from two to four over the past year, while Marquette now has seven dispensaries. 

Based on 2020 census figures for the cities of Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie and the number of shops located in each, the two cities had one state and city licensed dispensary per approximately 3,000 residents. 

Cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have one shop per 10,000-plus residents. 

“The number may seem high, but I don’t really think it’s that high,” said Brian Chapman, the city manager of Sault Ste.

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