Michigan voters passed recreational marijuana in 2018 –But so far there are still no recreational sales in Traverse City.
Traverse City Commissioners appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to take steps towards setting the rules for allowing recreational marijuana sales. But it’s not happening fast enough for many in the industry.
Thursday morning the Ad Hoc group held a public meeting – the first in-person since the pandemic – to discuss the issues. “Tyler” spoke first at the meeting. He doesn’t work at a dispensary but works at a nearby grow shop. “We voted for it and it’s what we want. I don’t know what it’s taking so long.”
It was a full house in the Governmental Center – mostly made up of employees of Traverse City’s medical marijuana facilities. There are 12 in the city limits, but they’re all limited to medical marijuana sales. About 20 people spoke, and they all want the city to allow recreational sales. And as some pointed out, it’s been three years since Michigan voters approved it. A majority of Traverse City voters also supported it.
Jodi Rademaker with Highly Cannaco says, “All of us deserve the chance in an open market to succeed and