BUCHANAN — Michigan’s new commercial medical marijuana industry is poised for spring growth next week as the state begins the process of approving business licenses.
The medical marijuana licensing board is set to consider a few prequalification business applications at its March 22 meeting, and “in theory” could start granting some final approvals as early as April, according to David Harns, public information officer at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
That’s exciting news for proposed businesses in the area, some of which have local approvals in place and are waiting for the state’s OK to move forward.
One potential area dispensary, The Tree House Compassion Center, could open in June or July “if we’re lucky,” owner Billy Breen said Wednesday.
He said his facility at 259 E. Front St. in Buchanan — where he plans to carry balms, tinctures and edibles, as well as cannabis buds — should be ready for state inspection, a final step for approval, by the end of next week. He received city approval in January. But Breen doesn’t know when his application might be heard by the state, or when he might be able to start stocking his shelves with approved products.
Meanwhile, more businesses could be on the way in the area.
The Buchanan planning commission learned Tuesday night that three more medical marijuana businesses are interested in locating in the city, in addition to more than five already in some stage of application approval. Niles awarded seven provisional business licenses in December. And Galien Township just hung its “open for business” sign for medical cannabis — and could even see some competition over licenses.
In 2016, Michigan created a commercial system for medical marijuana, including