Dispensary owner — among early entrants in West Michigan — fears oversaturation – MiBiz: West Michigan Business News

Born and raised in Muskegon, Greg Maki was the first to open recreational cannabis dispensaries in Muskegon, Ottawa and Montcalm counties. While many businesses ground to a halt during 2020, the cannabis industry continued to grow in West Michigan. Park Place Provisionary in Muskegon, Exit 9 in Nunica, and Edmore Provisionary are open under Agri-Med LLC, and Maki is working on opening more locations in the region.

What does the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine mean to you?

I’m going to get that shot the second I can. It will definitely help business, but it will still be a long time before most people will get it. We were blessed that the governor did find us essential this year, but having the vaccine will make it better for everybody. We need more businesses open in the community.

Greg Maki, owner of Agri-Med LLC COURTESY PHOTO Are you concerned the cannabis market in West Michigan will become oversaturated?

The market will definitely be oversaturated in Muskegon. There will be 10 dispensaries open in the county in 2021 for sure and there is still a lot of activity going on, but I don’t see Muskegon being able to support all the stores they have. 

The Grand Rapids recreational stores are also definitely going to take some of the business that we get.

How did you get into this business?

I knew nothing about the cannabis industry three-and-half years ago, but we are kind of the industry leaders in our area. What’s most unusual is we’re local. I was born and raised in Muskegon, and 90 percent of the companies we compete against are big, multi-state operators or from Detroit. I still feel like we’re kind of cutting-edge. I am concerned about the oversaturation of the market, but still realize what a blessing

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