Michigan’s winter forecast just a got a little rosier: Those punishing early-winter blizzards will come with a side of frosty, newly legal cannabis nugs.

On Wednesday, Michigan state regulators approved the movement of pre-existing medical marijuana products into a newly licensed recreational supply chain—allowing maybe a dozen adult-use stores to sell cannabis flower, extracts, and edibles as soon as Dec. 1. The number of licensed products and retailers will slowly increase through 2020.

The Dec. 1 start date is a gift to advocates, aficionados, and Michigan’s cannabis industry. Most observers expected the opening of adult-use stores to wait for the first harvest of purely recreational crops in 2020. Instead, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency ruled that some licensed medical dispensaries can designate up to half of their inventory for the adult-use market.

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