Recreational marijuana has grown by a factor of two since 2000, according to the U-M Department of Environmental Protection.
The state has issued permits to more than 6,500 marijuana businesses, but just under half of them have been licensed, and more than a quarter have closed.
A year ago, the department said recreational marijuana accounted for less than 0.5 percent of the state’s total economy.
Now, the number is up to more, according the EPA.
The number of recreational businesses has risen by about 4 percent since 2000.
And it’s not just recreational weed that’s booming.
The industry is also making strides to protect wildlife habitat.
The state has about a quarter of the country’s population of native red-legged and brown-legged frogs, according a study by the University of Minnesota.
That means they’re being eaten by coyotes, the state said in its latest report.
The Trump administration wants to keep recreational marijuana off the federal government’s list of Schedule I drugs.
But states are beginning to crack down on it.
In Alaska, for instance, a bill approved by the state legislature would bar recreational pot sales in the state and limit recreational pot to two ounces per adult.
The DEA also wants to restrict the production and sale of marijuana to the states.
Alaska already banned marijuana sales to minors and the DEA has already taken enforcement action against the state for not enforcing the law.
“If the states are going to have recreational marijuana sales in their states, we have to get the states to do what they have done in Colorado, which is to not permit it,” said Jason Hoey, the head of the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based legalization group.
“There’s a big difference between Colorado and Washington.”
There are some signs that the Trump administration is listening to state leaders.
The DEA is reportedly considering a rule change that would make it easier for states to regulate marijuana sales.
But for now, recreational pot remains illegal.
“The administration needs to be very clear on the substance that is in marijuana and the level of regulation it should have, especially if you’re going to legalize it, and how that is going to affect the public health,” said Chris Arvizu, a spokesman for the Marijuana Industry Group, a Colorado-based trade group.
Arvizu said the U,M study is a “good snapshot” of the industry’s growth.
But it doesn’t tell us much about how to regulate recreational marijuana, or how the industry is supposed to compete with the medical marijuana market.
“I’m really looking for a lot more clarity on the enforcement side of it and how to actually regulate and tax it,” Arviza said.