Bangor, Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary // WSBT 22 photo
BANGOR, Mich. —
It’s been legal in Michigan for 10 years, but medical marijuana dispensaries are still sprouting up around the state – and soon may come to southwest Michigan.
The Green Door in Bangor opened just seven months ago. The owner’s daughter was born with epilepsy and they turned to medical marijuana to help stop her seizures.
Seeing how much it’s helped her, he now wants to open dispensaries throughout Michigan to help others.
Tuesday was a busy day at The Green Door, partially because it was 710, the holiday similar to 420 but for marijuana-based oils and waxes.
Owner Mark Smith says more than 100 people come to his counters daily
“If you put a pin in Bangor and drew a circle, it’s about 110 miles.”
He has 2,700 registered patients, many driving from hours away.
With few medical marijuana dispensaries open, Smith says his customers are happy to have a closer location to get their medicine.
City manager Regina Hoover says the business has done a lot to help the city.
“They do a good business and bring in a lot of people, and I’m suspecting those people have visited some of our other businesses in the area.”
Whether it’s for edibles, oils, waxes or the buds themselves, Smith says he sees people with all kinds of medical issues coming in.
“We have 32 cancer patients right now, 18 Parkinson’s, about 13 seizure patients,” said Smith. “I think we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 veterans that come in with issues.”
One woman says the past seven months have done more for her husband than the