Michigan’s medical cannabis sales have dropped by $15 million on a monthly basis since July, while recreational sales dropped by $5 million between October and November. Sales numbers for October and November, typically released monthly, were made public only late last week by the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency. Agency executive director Andrew Brisbo said in the agency’s quarterly public meeting December 10 the day was because agency staff were busy preparing the agency’s annual report.
The drop in medical sales illustrates fears expressed by Michigan dispensary owners limited to medical sales, since many municipalities in Michigan have not approved adult-use sales. According to Brisbo, of Michigan’s more than 1,700 municipalities, 152 municipalities have authorized medical cannabis licenses and only 85 municipalities have approved adult-use licenses.
Owners of medical dispensaries, called provisioning centers in Michigan, have complained to Grown In that adult-use cannabis’ lower prices could decrease medical sales.