Michigan Companies Are 'Gifting' Marijuana, at Least Until Legal Pot Stores Open

While Michigan voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018, there are, of yet, no licensed stores from which to buy it in the state. Consequently, companies are turning to other options for distributing the substance within their borders.

Besides the states’ grey-market medical marijuana facilities—which are unable sell to nonpatients—there is no place to legally purchase cannabis. Growing it is allowed and you can carry up to 12 plants, but for some, that simply isn’t an option.

Therefore, several companies have begun ‘gifting’ cannabis along with the purchase of some other goods, like a t-shirt or a work of art, rather than selling it.

This work-around is nothing new. It has been pretty standard practice in areas that have decriminalized cannabis, like Connecticut and DC. Both the companies and their customers engage in this strange game of pretend in order to sidestep the laws preventing sale and advertising.

In Michigan, the practice has been pretty overt despite the rules, with one company, Smoke’s Chocolate LLC, claiming that they are a “chocolate delivery company” that was founded on Michigan’s legalization day, and that they "love that the Great State of Michigan allows adults +21 to smoke marijuana." 

When asked about their practice by The Detroit News, company founder Marc Bernard said “we don't touch the cannabis at all. It’s entirely up to the drivers and at their discretion. All we do is sell chocolate."

It’s important to note there that he did say, “the cannabis,” heavily suggesting that there is, in fact, cannabis being provided. For Michigan consumers, picking up on these cues might be their only legal option for procuring marijuana—at least until the licensed stores are open. 

h/t: Detroit Metro Times

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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