The most humorous names for marijuana strains in Michigan. Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press
LANSING — It’s not just mom and pop weed dealers anymore.
Lansing’s medical marijuana market is taking shape as a multi-million dollar industry.
Twenty dispensary owners have promised to pour $82.3 million into capital improvements at licensed medical marijuana facilities in Lansing. That figure, according to Lansing officials, includes money owners have earmarked for related business in the city, including grow and processing facilities.
Employees at Green Peak Innovations in Windsor Township, near Lansing, pull marijuana plants to be dried. Green Peak specializes in marijuana growing, testing and processing for various products sold at commercial businesses. (Photo: State Journal file photo)
Collectively, these businesses are expected to hire 2,264 full-time equivalent employees, most of whom will be making at least $15 an hour, Lansing City Clerk Swope said.
Swope declined to release specific business plans, citing a provision in the state’s medical marijuana law that shields license applications from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
Industry rep: Liberal approach encouraging
Kelli Hykes, director of government relations for Weedmaps, believes Lansing is in a position of strength because entrepreneurs are more comfortable investing in communities with a liberal approach to marijuana.
Weedmaps is an online platform that provides product reviews and a directory of marijuana businesses. It’s like Yelp for weed.
“The nice thing about the cannabis industry is that there is really a place and opportunity for everybody,” Hykes said.
Michigan has seen more than $116 million in medical marijuana sales since November 2018, when regulators began tracking dispensary revenue, according to a state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs spokesman.
Voters first legalized medical marijuana in 2008, but local officials can limit or ban medical