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People in their cars in line for cannabis products Friday morning, May 22, 2020, during the grand opening of the Gage Cannabis Co., Friday, May 22, 2020. Located at the corner of W. Holmes Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lansing, it is the company’s fourth Michigan provisioning center. (Photo: Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal)
LANSING – Thousands of small businesses like restaurants and mom and pop retailers continue to struggle for survival amidst the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Some that have closed their doors may not reopen them, even after the pandemic passes.
However, on a soggy Friday morning, amid an uncertain economic climate, a Lansing marijuana business held its grand opening.
Michigan-based Gage Cannabis Co. launched operations Friday at its storefront on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, selling a variety of small-batch marijuana products to those with medical cards.
The company, which plans to begin recreational sales at a later date, invested over $1.5 million into the facility.
Donnell Cravens, manager for Gage, was overseeing the opening Friday morning, a bandana covering his face.
“This is the first store that we’ve opened during the outbreak,” Cravens said. “And it’s been an interesting time, I’ll say that.”
“We’re adhering to all of the CDC guidelines on how to stay safe with social distancing. We’re issuing mandatory masks to all of our employees, constant hand sanitizing and sanitization schedules,” he said.
The Lansing store is Gage’s fourth opening in the state with nearly 10 additional locations in the works.
However, the outbreak has pushed the additional store openings to a later date.
“We delayed a lot of our openings…because of the pandemic,” Cravens said. “But when we saw that things were potentially going to stay this way, we didn’t want to delay. We hired a lot of