Medical marijuana is already in Michiana, but its presence is growing. So ABC57’s Taylor Popielarz spent the last few weeks learning the rules and regulations of a drug that’s not going anywhere.
At a Buchanan city commission meeting on Monday, February 12, city leaders voted unanimously to grant their first medical marijuana permits to the guys behind Redbud Roots.
“We’re looking to open three grow operations, a processing facility and potentially a couple dispensaries in and around the area,” said David Murray, the operations manager of Redbud Roots.
A short drive from city hall sits an old machine shop on Post Road in Buchanan that will soon become a medical marijuana grow center.
It will be run by a mixed group of those who use medical cannabis and those who don’t.
Hunter Mishler credits marijuana with helping him overcome cyclic vomiting syndrome.
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He’ll be director of production for Redbud Roots.
“I had to use cannabis this morning; I was feeling nauseous,” Mishler said. “And here I am, having a normal conversation with you. I can go about my day, and anyone can do that with the right education and the right tools in the form of medicine available to them.”
The Green Door Dispensary
Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008. But it’s just now starting to make its way to the southwest corner of the state.
About an hour north in the tiny city of Bangor, The Green Door Dispensary opened up about three months ago.
“We want to be the example of doing it right, following the laws, and doing it the way it should get done,” said Mark Smith, the president