The only four retail outlets open on the first day of legal adult-use recreational marijuana sales netted $221,000 in sales, according to the Michigan Regulatory Agency.
Ann Arbor’s Greenstone Provisions on South Ashley Street, Arbors Wellness on East Liberty and Exclusive Provisioning Centers on Varsity Drive were the only retailers selling recreational marijuana in Southeast Michigan, despite a handful of others being issued licenses ahead of the Dec. 1 start date.
Michigan Supply and Provisions in Morenci also opened briefly Sunday evening, according to published reports.
The three Ann Arbor shops experienced long lines. As many as 200 people were still in line at Greenstone Provisions at 5 p.m. Sunday, Bartek Kupczyk, part owner of the dispensary, told Crain’s.
“It’s been pandemonium,” Kupczyk said Sunday. “We keep telling them not to waste their time because we won’t get to them before we close, but they are holding out hope.”
The store was required to close at 8 p.m. in accordance with Ann Arbor regulations.
Kupczyk said the store had served more than 200 customers since opening at 10 a.m. and expects to see high traffic until the shop, ensconced in a former residential home on Ashley Street, runs out of cannabis flower later this week amid a marijuana shortage.
The state allowed all dispensaries to transfer half of their medical marijuana stock to adult-use recreational, but that’s not expected to satiate demand.
“At some point, in the next week we’re going to end up running out,” Kupczyk said. “It’s going to be a struggle. There’s just limited cultivators and producers right now.”
To sustain operations for as long as possible, Greenstone Provisions is limiting customers to 7 grams of marijuana per visit.
Product availability may limit sales as other dispensaries begin sales this week. Lit Provisioning Centers/Lume Cannabis Co. in