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A Michigan State Police unit created to crack down on unlicensed medical marijuana activities is finally preparing to target pot’s black market.

The Marihuana and Tobacco Investigation Section spent roughly its first full year of existence enforcing the tobacco tax and conducting background checks on applicants applying for a state medical marijuana facility license.

Now the 40 detectives and civilian analysts across the state will begin addressing illegal marijuana operations while continuing to aid the Marijuana Regulatory Agency in the licensing process.

The promised enforcement comes none too soon for licensed marijuana businesses, which have complained about facing unfair, illegal competition. Since the state legalized recreational marijuana in November, several unlicensed facilities have sprouted up without even trying to get licensed, said Detective 1st Lt. Chris Hawkins, commander for the section.https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/05/15/state-police-crack-down-michigan-marijuana-black-market/1141229001/