KALKASKA — Medical marijuana could quickly become a growing industry in Kalkaska.
The maximum number of dispensaries allowed under village rules — five — were approved and awarded conditional licenses Wednesday. A medical marijuana advisory team also looked at four more business proposals, and expect another four on the way.
These may get a closer look as advisory team members asked for more information beyond the two-paged summaries provided by village officials.
Denny Corrado, Kalkaska’s zoning and licensing officer, and Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority Director Cash Cook conducted background checks and confirmed application information, giving advisory team officials a list of the finalists’ names, addresses and a list of completed objectives.
That’s not enough to make decisions, said Kalkaska Township Fire Chief Derek Hogerheide.
“I feel like it’s a waste of time, coming here and telling me what you want to do,” he said. “You don’t even have to do this. You’re going to approve it anyways.”
Trustee Denise Kelly agreed and asked to see applications and further information for future candidates. Corrado and Cook acquiesced. Corrado said the group’s input is invaluable in pointing out any issues concerning the applicant that may not have been picked up during the vetting process.
Village Manager Scott Yost has the final word on applications but explained he formed the advisory board to help review them.
Kalkaska village officials chose to opt into the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act that went into effect in 2016. The legislation allows medical marijuana grows, processing facilities, secure transport businesses, dispensaries, and safety compliance facilities, but it requires a local and state license.
Representatives from those four proposed dispensaries — Compassionate Advisors, Green Pharm, Simply Cannabis and KX3LB LLC — that Yost approved for village licenses were awarded certificates Wednesday, pending inspections and