KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Kalamazoo County residents looking to add cannabis to their self-quarantine shopping list can finally buy it legally in Kalamazoo Township.
Despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s directive for Michigan residents to avoid crowds amid the coronavirus outbreak, marijuana users lined up outside of KKind at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13 waiting for the doors to open for the first recreational sales in the county.
As a precaution, the store only allowed 12 people in at a time, increased the frequency of its sanitation practices and added hand sanitizer stations indoors and outdoors, co-owner John Taylor said.
Taylor joked that after an uphill battle of waiting for the township to opt-in to recreational sales, his store was now opening in the midst of a global pandemic and on Friday the 13th.
“What could possibly go wrong?” Taylor quipped.
He acknowledged that the advice to self-quarantine or practice social distancing might slow down business of the grand opening, but overall he was happy to see a line of customers ready to make history.
“I think a lot of people are excited about it especially if they’re going to be staying home — they’re working from home or staying home not working for long periods of time — I think a lot of people are going to enjoy cannabis at home,” Taylor said.