HAZEL PARK, Mich. (FOX 2) – As recreational marijuana nears the two-year mark since becoming legal in Michigan, shops continue to pop up. On Thursday Skymint opened their first metro Detroit location in Hazel Park, complete with curbside pick-up to make sure customers stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advocates say legalizing marijuana creates jobs and comes with several other benefits.
Skymint opens new pot shop location in Hazel Park
FOX 2 visits the recreational and medical cannabis dispensary Skymint as it opens its first metro Detroit location in Hazel Park.
“Whether it is for pain, whether it’s for sleep, anxiety – as a nation people are completely stressed out right now and this plant has the ability in so many different ways to help people feel good,” says Laurie Gregory, the chief product officer with Skymint.
But substance abuse counselor Michael Moore has some concerns now that recreational weed is legal.
“If you don’t know if you’re predisposed to a certain situation, by taking marijuana now that it’s legal it could lead you to a more serious dependence,” he says.
Moore works at Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation in Detroit and says in addition to some users possibly developing a psychological addiction, there are also safety concerns. He says legalizing marijuana could lead to more car crashes.
“As we talk about public health and public safety, persons driving, if they are driving while impaired it can lead to more accidents, more car crashes and things of that sort because of the distorted view when they’re driving,” he says. Michigan State Police is noticing an uptick in people driving while high across the country and in Michigan.
Meanwhile, Gregory says she understands the concerns and wants people who smoke to