GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008; however, only recently did state officials draft laws to regulate the business and sale of medical cannabis.
There are many municipalities in the state that are already in operation. Grand Rapids isn’t one of them. There are roughly 80 applications waiting to be heard by the Grand Rapids Planning Commission. The department held a lottery system to determine the order in which applicants would be heard.
The first two applicants are on the Planning Commission’s agenda for the May 23 meeting.
Kevin Currier is waiting for his turn to meet with commissioners.
“It’s incredible, but it’s technically just a pipe dream until we’re licensed and up and running and can support the dreams we want to pursue,” Currier said.
Currier is pre-qualified by the state and is waiting for Grand Rapids to give him the green light to open his business, Neighborhood Provisions.
He purchased property on Leonard Street in the West Grand neighborhood.
“We purchased this building back in September from the Russ family, they were looking to retire and needed a retirement settlement and we helped each other out,” Currier said.
The two buildings used to be an auto body shop. Currier purchased both which sit adjacent to one another. One will be used as the new community center for the West Grand Neighborhood Organization.
“We really appreciate what Neighborhood Provisions is doing, they’re here, they bought their property. The larger companies didn’t buy their properties,” West Grand Neighborhood Organization Executive Director Annette VandenBerg said.
Neighborhood Provisions is a family owned business.
“It’s always kind of been a part of us that when you have a business in a small town, it’s community run because they’re your customers. So it only makes sense that you