Although cannabis sales in Michigan increased 32% over the previous year to a record $221.7 million, the growth of the state cannabis industry brings a few challenges. 

Is the Recreational Cannabis License System The Main Issue?

Several cannabis businesses in communities in southeast Michigan have been waging disputes in Michigan's court system for years, reported Crain's Detroit.

Despite the unlimited licenses for marijuana operations, it is up to local municipalities to authorize sales.

"The driver of all of this is probably the worst decision that the drafters of the adult use statute made — requiring that competitive selection process," said Lance Boldrey, partner and cannabis attorney at Detroit-based law firm Dykema Gossett PLLC. "It all sounds well and good from a policy standpoint, trying to eliminate picking favorites, but it is the longest process and most expensive process …

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