Arrested Cannabis Activist Buys First Legal Weed in Michigan
The rainy morning did not stop Michigan cannabis enthusiasts (and some out-of-staters too) from lining up in front of stores for hours, waiting to buy pot legally for the first time ever in the state. Some of the customers came to buy medical cannabis, others were shopping for recreational cannabis products, but all agreed that this was a “historic moment.”
One of the first purchases was made by the 78-year old poet and activist John Sinclair, who was arrested in 1969 for the possession of two joints and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served a reduced sentence of 3 years and, since then, he and other activists have been successfully fighting different aspects of his case all the way up to the Supreme Court.
His imprisonment prompted Yoko Ono and John Lennon to hold the famous John Sinclair Freedom Rally, December 1972, in Ann Arbor. Stevie Wonder and Bob Seger were also performing at the said concert, while the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Jerry Rubin supported Sinclair’s fight against the charges, as did many others.
Sinclair’s first legal pot purchase was an order of 10 pre-rolled joints from Arbors Wellness, a dispensary in Ann Arbor at 10:01 AM on Sunday morning. The store opened at 10:00 AM.
Sinclair said that he had been waiting for this moment for 50 years and only wishes he could have the weed that was taken from him back in 1969.
Ann Arbor is the location of four out of six dispensaries with a license to sell adult-use cannabis in the state of Michigan. The MRA says that 30 more sites across the state are ready to launch adult-use sales pending approval.
Prices offered at Ann Arbor dispensaries ranged between $15 and $20 per gram, slightly higher than regular prices on the market. However, the weed sold in Michigan includes a 10% excise tax and 6% sales tax paid by recreational cannabis buyers.
The cannabis products offered included concentrates and flowers, as well as edibles, topicals, and other cannabis products.
Not everyone is excited about Michigan’s adult-use cannabis sales though. Over 400 cities and municipalities in the state have refused to allow cannabis businesses to sell pot for recreational use.
No matter how people feel about legal weed, there’s no denying that this was a monumental day for Michigan and the future of cannabis in the US.