BAY MILLS — Bay Mills Indian Community is taking the lead in the tribally-owned recreational marijuana market as the community will open their first retail marijuana facility.
The facility will be named Northern Light Cannabis Company, thanks to tribal community member Sierra Hascall, and is a 100% tribal-owned venture. It will be a source of job creation and economic development for Bay Mills. Northern Light Cannabis will be an “all-in-one” business and will be the site for growing, processing, testing and sale of the product at the M-28/I-75 property.
According to Bryan Newland, Bay Mills Indian Community tribal chairman, some work is going to be done on the facilities to get them ready for operation, including both a dispensary and grow operation. The initial investment in the property will be approximately $1 million with much of that money going toward setting up the dispensary and growing operations. In the next year, an additional $2-3 million will be invested in growing, testing and processing cannabis on-site.
Approximately 15-20 jobs will be created by the new tribal enterprise and job openings have been posted. While a background in cannabis is preferred, it is recognized that this is a new legal industry and that experience may be hard to come by.
“Northern Light Cannabis Co. will be the first tribally-owned cannabis company in Michigan,” said Newland. “We are excited about what this means for economic development and job opportunities in Bay Mills. Community-owned and community-grown will be the focus of our operation.”
Newland said they are on an aggressive timeline and expect the dispensary to open this year. They have had to hire staff, complete renovations to the dispensary portion of the facility and get their products ready for sale. He expects to begin growing their own cannabis in early 2021 with their