Michigan’s largest cannabis retail cities reflect history, culture – and strategy


Unsurprisingly, college cities have high cannabis retail densities, said Michelle Donovan, senior counsel at Detroit-based Clark Hill PLC specializing in cannabis licensing, regulations, and other topics.

She pointed out Ann Arbor, as well as Kalamazoo and Adrian – not only the home of Adrian College, but also near the Ohio border, which only approves medical cannabis.

From the beginning, some smaller cities saw cannabis as an opportunity to create necessary new economic activity, said Ann Arbor-based cannabis attorney Travis Copenhaver of Vicente Sederberg LLP.

Copenhaver mentioned Bay City, whose rules allow 50 retailers in the 33,000-resident community. Lansing, with more than 117,000 residents, will let in up to 28 people. Tiny Vassar of less than 3,000 residents has four active licensees and allows one recreational trader per medical license holder.

While Michigan’s cannabis industry is undoubtedly on the rise, Donovan said there was still a distinct lack of availability when compared to demand.

“You are sure to be good when you are in a university town. It doesn’t make it available to anyone who might live in northern Macomb County … where are you going? ”Donovan said.

Delivery can fill some of these gaps – for example, Pure Lapeer Pharmacy in Lapeer County delivers 60 miles from its store, which spans much of Macomb County.