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voters to decide marijuana in michigan

Thursday, May 03, 2018 16:33 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Farmers in Michigan would have another cash crop option if voters in that state legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Don't expect many traditional growers, though, to make the switch if recreational marijuana is approved on the November ballot.

Chris Hurt, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue University, said raising marijuana would probably be an easier transition for indoor producers of crops like tomatoes and lettuce.

Those growers might have to invest time learning how to raise high grade marijuana but the monetary cost would be kept down from already having equipment for growing in a controlled environment, he said.

The cost of such indoor technology could be out of reach or not make good economic sense for the typical corn and soybean farmer working strictly outdoors, Hurt said.

"It would not be real easy to convert from a commodity business to a very specific high valued product like that," Hurt said.

Hurt said the biggest response could be from growers of recreational marijuana in states like Colorado where it's already legal rushing to Michigan to expand since they already have the expertise.

"I would guess there would be others in other states who would move very quickly to set up production," Hurt said.

The State Board of Canvassers on April 26 voted unanimously to let voters decide the issue.
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