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Michigan’s recreational pot market will have more competition – from Illinois

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With the stroke of his pen, Illinois’ governor made his the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

Starting January 1st, 2020, Illinois residents over 21 will be able to walk into an existing medical marijuana dispensary and purchase cannabis flower, edibles and cannabis concentrate products.

Michigan legalized marijuana for recreational use last December.   But state regulators are still hammering out how a retail market will work.

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency hopes to start accepting license applications in September, with sales beginning near the first of the year. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A