LANSING, Mich. -- The proponents for medical and recreational marijuana in Michigan are joining forces to advocate for the entire cannabis industry.
The newly formed Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MCIA) is bringing together everyone from growers to dispensaries across the state.
The groups formation coming at a critical time. Currently the medical marijuana industry facing several issues with the licensing process while the rules governing recreational marijuana are just being developed.
"This is a massive new industry for the state of Michigan and it’s important that all the regulations and policies created by the state fair and equitable for all the businesses," says Josh Harvey, the spokesperson for MCIA.
The MCIA is currently made up of roughly 50 members and says they will advocate for sensible laws and regulations regarding marijuana in Michigan.
Until January 1, 2019, over 100 medical marijuana distribution centers were operating throughout the state. Due to licensing issues, that number now at just 42 forcing many people to go without their much needed medicine
"There's a critical supply shortage right now and patients are having a very hard time accessing their medicine," says Harvey . "That's our very first issue were going to tackle as an association and making sure those are in place moving forward."