Explosion at Detroit marijuana grow house reveals budding industry

An explosion at a marijuana grow house in Detroit kills one person on Monday night.

Fire authorities say that a tank containing oxygen, acetylene or nitrogen exploded, causing the building to shake.

At the time of the fire, police were looking into the licensing of the grow house.

Michigan and Mary Jane

Since 2008, the medical use of marijuana in Michigan is legal. Right now, cultivators can grow up to 12 plants for themselves or each patient, but new laws expect a cannabis boom in the state.

Predictions of a lucrative marijuana industry prompted Northern Michigan University in Marquette to establish a degree in running a weed business. The school implemented a medicinal plant chemistry degree to tap into the cannabis boom expected to occur in Michigan in 2018.

Reports from Detroit Free Press says “medical marijuana revenues in Michigan are estimated at more than $700 million.”

In Detroit, this past November elections saw voters approve to loosen zoning restrictions and other rules surrounding the city’s budding  industry.

Although cannabis dispensaries are illegal in Michigan, Detroit is one of the most lax cities in the state. Currently, there are 300-plus dispensaries that are up for operation in Detroit with only 9 operating to code under the new rules.

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