More than 18,000 people and 678 vendors gathered in Las Vegas for the MJBizCon, a conference all about the cannabis industry. Wochit
Hilary Dulany, started a vaporizer business in Oregon but also has a residence in Lansing and hopes to get a license for growing and processing marijuana in Michigan.(Photo: Kathleen Gray/Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo
LAS VEGAS — For Hilary Dulany, long roots in Michigan and the prospect of expanding her Oregon marijuana business are luring her back to the Great Lakes State.
For Nancy Whiteman, the prospect of taking her business national has her looking for partners in Michigan.
For the two women and many other entrepreneurs attending the MJ Biz Conference in Las Vegas last week —the pre-eminent conference where 18,500 professionals looking to get into the cannabis industry gathered — the common thread was Michigan’s soon-to-explode marijuana business.
Michigan’s 272,215 people who hold medical marijuana cards – second only to the number of medical marijuana users in California – are a potent enough clientele to attract business to Michigan. But the prospect of a recreational marijuana ballot proposal that could open the market to millions more has investors betting on the state as their next potential gamble.
“Michigan has no idea what’s coming,” said Dulany as she talked with conference attendees about the vaporizer her Michigan-based company – Accuvape – sells around the country. The device, which she now sells in about 100 retail outlets in Michigan, allows users to vaporize marijuana-infused oils and cartridges without the hassle of rolling their own.
Dulany already has licenses to process