MUSKEGON, Mich — Legal marijuana will be sold in West Michigan for the first time this weekend.
Two stores in Muskegon are ready to enter what’s become a multi-million-dollar industry.
According to the Detroit Free Press, more than $10 million of legal marijuana has been sold, since the first legal sale in Ann Arbor six weeks ago.
The state has made almost $2 million in tax revenue since December 1st.
Schools, roads and the local cities and counties who allow pot businesses, all get a cut of that revenue and it looks like Muskegon will be the first place in West Michigan to see that benefit.
“Being in the industry is very exciting, I think it’s one of the biggest up and coming industries in the nation,” Park Place Provisionary President Greg Maki said.
Two spots in Muskegon are primed to be two of the first in West Michigan to get in on the booming industry.
Park Place Provisionary will begin selling recreational weed on Friday.
“We are not so sure what it’s going to be like, we are anticipating large lines or big crowds, we are getting about 100 inquiries a day now,” Maki said.
Maki says they’ve been preparing for weeks.
“It’s a new industry that is going to become quite the norm over a period of time and we are thankful we are one of the first, if not the first,”
Just down the road, the team at Bella Sol Wellness Centers is prepping for their first day of sales on Saturday.
“Everybody really excited about what’s to come Saturday, we are just making sure we have enough product and getting everything situated and making sure it’s the easiest flow of traffic in and out to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible,” Bella Sol Wellness Centers Manager Tara Yeager said.
And they are anticipating big things for the area.
“Never in a million years thought we’d get to this point but we are here and I think this going to be great for our community and I think it’s going to be great for the state and I think we have wonderful things to look forward to because of this,” Yeager added.
The two stores will be two of about 20 that will be selling legal weed in Michigan this weekend.