By Jeff MillerAssociated PressAuburn, Alabama (AP) The people of Michigan are asking what to do with the recreational pot industry that is rapidly spreading in the state.
Rick Snyder has proposed a statewide law to ban it, saying it could cause “tremendous economic harm” and make it harder to grow marijuana for medical purposes.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Snyder said the marijuana industry poses a risk to public safety and could hurt small businesses.
“I’m not sure I want to go through the pain and the uncertainty of the marijuana situation right now,” Snyder said.
“It’s too soon to determine what that means, but the potential consequences of not regulating marijuana are huge.”
Snyder said the law is not yet final and it could change.
“I think it’s something that we should all be considering,” he said.
Michigan is the nation’s second-largest pot producer after Colorado, which became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use in November.
A bill is being considered in the House that would require businesses to pay taxes on marijuana sales.
The Michigan bill, SB 815, would also establish rules for businesses and create a licensing system for marijuana cultivation, processing and sales.
The state would set the minimum price for recreational pot at $10 per ounce, but that could be raised to $20.
SB 815 would also require that businesses obtain a permit from the state, and the state would oversee marijuana cultivation.
Michigan already has laws on the books that regulate the recreational marijuana industry, including a statewide cultivation and processing program that is scheduled to begin next year.
Critics have warned that such a system could lead to rampant diversion of marijuana from licensed medical marijuana stores.