GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Michigan legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2008. Ten years later, the state legalized its recreational use.
This week, history was made in an Ottawa County as it officially opened its first medical marijuana store.
Located right on the shopping strip of Beacon Blvd. (US 31) New Standard Grand Haven is the first medical marijuana provisionary in the City of Grand Haven. The store is minutes from Duncan Woods, Mulligan’s Hollow and Grand Haven City Beach.
Erin Lyon is the store’s co-owner, and she’s lived in the city for most of her life.
“I’m excited to see how it progresses and how the city can benefit from it,” she said.
Lyon said that in 2018, Grand Haven City Council approved putting medical marijuana stores on the ballot.
That November, more than 50% of the city voted yes on the issue.
“So then from there, the city needed to come together to say okay now that the people have voted and they want this in our community, what is it going to look like,” Lyon said.
It looks like this – some of the major rules are that only four medical marijuana licenses would be given in the city. The store must also have a local resident owning 33% of the business.
The City of Grand Haven still does not allow the sale of recreational marijuana.
Erin Wilkinson is New Standard Grand Haven’s store manager. She explains that these products can be extremely helpful, and she hopes more people can start to see its value.
“I think it’s important for people to understand that this is a medical service that we’re providing,” she