MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Muskegon Township officials began handing out recreational marijuana licenses at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Only seven applications will be approved. Applications were given to those who had all the paperwork and followed the necessary requirements. It was on a first-come, first-serve basis.
News 8 found that some people waiting in line for a license had been there on-and-off for a week. Many in line are “sitters,” holding a place for a company looking to open shop.
“Right now, we’re at a very early stage. It’s kind of like a gold rush. Everyone is kind of grabbing,” said Bill Stohler of NOBO Michigan, who was standing in line Thursday morning. “I think the industry will stabilize. I think in a couple of years, everything will equalize. It won’t be the most exciting thing.”
As for where other local governments stand on recreational pot, they’re moving a bit slower.
Kalamazoo put off opting in until more details are figured out. Grand Rapids has defecto-opted in, but any application process is delayed until April 2020. In Muskegon, the process could get moving as early as November 2019.