Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Deems Gardening Supplies ‘Non-Essential’

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announces ban on retailers selling vegetable seeds

Far-left Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared fruit and vegetables seeds to be “non-essential” amid the coronavirus lockdown in the state.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated in the headline that Gov. Gretchen had banned the sale of vegetable seeds. This is inaccurate and therefore the headline has been updated.

Dailycaller.com reports: In addition to enforcing social distancing measures and limiting the number of people in the stores that were allowed to remain open — in order to slow the spread of coronavirus — Whitmer’s April 9 order also gave explicit instructions with regard to items that could not be sold as they were considered “non-essential.”

Close areas of the store—by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means—that are dedicated to the following classes of goods:

  • Carpet or flooring.
  • Furniture.
  • Garden centers and plant nurseries.
  • Paint.

The restriction on gardening supplies struck a nerve, which came just as the weather was beginning to warm to the proper temperatures for most early planting

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey pointed out that Michiganders could still legally buy marijuana while they were effectively being barred from planting home gardens. “In Michigan today you can buy weed but not seeds,” he said.

A few of the other items cordoned off in larger retail stores pursuant to Whitmer’s order raised eyebrows as well.

Whitmer signed one of the most aggressive “stay-at-home” orders Friday. In addition to banning all public gatherings of any size, the new order — which took effect Saturday — barred residents from traveling between homes even if they owned both properties.

The Michigan governor is reportedly on former Vice President Joe Biden’s short list to be tapped as his vice presidential nominee.