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The country is celebrating now that Michigan pot sales have started and Illinois is next. As of Sunday, Dec. 1st, just after 10 a.m., adult-use cannabis became legal in Michigan. Another Midwestern state, Illinois, is ramping up for legal sales at the beginning of 2020.

Michigan shops got a head start when Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced that medical shops licensed to sell recreational cannabis could start selling as soon as December 1st with up to 50 percent of inventory that had been sitting on shelves for at least 30 days.

While Michigan’s recreational shops may have started off with limited adult-use inventory, the future looks bright for its estimated 1.5 million-person cannabis market. Illinois shops are set to open on New Year’s Day. If you’re interested in the Michigan or Illinois cannabis industry or in purchasing legal recreational marijuana from these states, here’s what you need to know.

Buying Cannabis in Michigan and Illinois

Residents over the age of 21 with a valid, state-licensed photo ID can purchase legal adult-use cannabis from a licensed recreational shop in Michigan and Illinois. Both states allow visitors to also purchase cannabis, albeit, Illinois has different possession limits for visitors.

Michigan rules allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on their person or up to 10 ounces stored at home. Illinois possession limits allow residents to have up to 30 grams (just over an ounce) of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC in cannabis-infused products. Illinois visitors can only buy and possess half as much as residents.

Where to Buy Cannabis in Michigan and Illinois

Michigan residents can finally buy legal recreational marijuana from a few select shops with more to come. At least three cannabis stores opened on day one of legal sales. All three dispensaries are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here’s where you can find recreational pot:

  • Exclusive Brands
  • Arbor Wellness
  • Greenstone Provisions

Three more recreational dispensaries were approved to sell adult-use cannabis on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, and are set to open soon. Michigan residents can keep an eye out for these soon-to-be-opening pot shops:

  • Lit Provisioning Center in Evart
  • Skymint in Ann Arbor
  • Michigan Supply and Provisions in Morenci

Illinois’ legal pot sales are set to start bright at early at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day, 2020. With less than a month to go before Illinois residents can purchase legal cannabis, everyone is eager for the long-awaited moment. Illinois regulators have licensed 29 dispensaries for adult-use, out of a total of 55 currently-operating medical dispensaries.

In Michigan, residents will have to pay a 10 percent excise tax in addition to a 6 percent sales tax for a total of 16 percent tax. In Illinois, cannabis sales will be taxed at 10 percent for products containing up to 35 percent THC. Edibles will be taxed at 20 percent and 25 percent for products over 35 percent THC.

Protip: Always bring cash. Many dispensaries are not able to accept checks, credit, or debit cards.

Michigan and Illinois Cannabis Laws

If you’re going to be purchasing legal cannabis in these states, it’s important you know the law to avoid getting penalized for something you didn’t know.

In Michigan and Illinois, only adults over the age of 21 are able to buy and possess legal weed. Both states prohibit individuals from driving while impaired. Residents are also prohibited from consuming near a park, school, government building, or federal land.

Michigan and Illinois landowners or landlords are able to ban cannabis consumption (particularly smoking) on their property. Both states also allow employers to institute a zero-tolerance policy for employees who consume THC.

While towns and cities may prohibit cannabis sales in their jurisdiction, they can’t ban consumption or possession of cannabis. Michigan and Illinois residents are able to consume legal cannabis from the comfort of their homes.

Where to Buy Legal Cannabis?

Legalization efforts are going strong in states like New York and New Jersey. If you’re interested in participating in one of the country’s select number of legal cannabis states or buying legal cannabis, here’s where recreational marijuana is legalized:

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  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia

Now that adult-use cannabis is legal in Michigan and will soon be Illinois, these states will see an infusion of tax revenue and residents will be able to pursue job opportunities that were never thought possible.

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