Three dispensaries coming soon to Whitmore Lake and an approved growing, processing and retail site in Pinckney are increasing legal marijuana access for Livingston County residents.
Here’s what you need to know about the developments:
Pinckney leads way in Livingston County
In August, the first marijuana business in the county was approved in Pinckney, where a shuttered elementary school on M-36 will be converted into The Means Project, a marijuana facility that will grow, process and sell marijuana products.
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Developer Chris Bonk has said profits from The Means Project will be used to build and fund a group home for adults with disabilities. It will be called Grant’s Place after Bonk’s son Grant.
He said construction will cost upward of $5 million and he estimates the processing and retail facilities will be operational next spring.
Northfield Twp. approves licenses
Officials in Northfield Township, located in Washtenaw County, approved three marijuana business licenses there.
Planted Provisioning is set to open Monday in Whitmore Lake. The recreational and medical marijuana dispensary is located in a longtime vacant property at 9545 Main St. across from the lake.
Quest Cannabis, a recreational and medical dispensary, is expected to open in November at 8475 Main St. in the former Bobber Down Bar & Grill.
The WellFlower dispensary is planned for 50 E. North Territorial Road just west of the U.S. 23 interchange. The project is awaiting final site approval from township officials. Owners hope to open in early 2022.
Brighton plans public meeting
While Brighton city officials have started to discuss the possibility of creating city ordinances and a permitting process for marijuana businesses, nothing has been decided.
City officials are expected to meet Oct. 2 for an all-day special public meeting, which comes on the heels of cannabis businessman Jerry Millen’s purchase of an historic hardware store on Main Street.
While officials have indicated they might not allow dispensaries on Main Street, Millen said he bought the former Rolison’s PRO Hardware building with a dispensary in mind.
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Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer said earlier this month he doubts city officials will allow dispensaries on Main Street.
“Currently, there is zero indication from City Council that they are interested in a provisioning center on Main Street. Are they anti-provisioning center? No. From what I hear they don’t think Main Street is best,” Geinzer said.
If the city does adopt marijuana business ordinances, officials will decide what types of businesses to allow and where to allow them.
Pinckney still accepting applications
Pinckney Village Clerk Jill Chapman said the village is currently taking applications for marijuana business licenses through the end of October.
Chapman said as of Thursday no one has applied for four remaining licenses. The village has licenses available for two marijuana microbusinesses, one compliance facility and one transportation operation.
“Because of the dates, like you have to get a special use permit (application) in by a certain time, I’m pretty certain nothing will happen by then,” Chapman said.
Bonk was awarded the village’s only licenses for retail, processing and growing.
Ballot group wants voters to decide
A special interest group that wants to get proposals for marijuana business ordinances on ballots in Brighton and Howell formed earlier this year, according to Livingston County records.
Representatives of the group, called the Livingston Compassion Coalition 2021, declined comment.
Geinzer said special interest groups who push ballot proposals take control away from local municipalities.
Howell Mayor Nick Proctor said city officials will likely discuss whether to allow marijuana businesses in the city in the future.
“Although I haven’t heard of the ballot initiative, I don’t believe it’ll impact whether or not we’ll have the discussion (we will), the pace of those deliberations, or the city council’s ultimate decision,” Proctor said in an email.
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