Grand Traverse County to Enhance Public Spaces and Safety with Cannabis Tax Dollars

March 18th, 2024 Business & Industry
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Grand Traverse County in northern Michigan is experiencing a financial boost, thanks to the cannabis industry. The Michigan Treasury Department reports that the county has received over $886,000 from cannabis-related taxes, with allocations also made to Fife Lake and Green Lake Townships within the county.

Local government officials are currently in discussions about the most effective ways to utilize this newfound revenue, sharing various proposals and ideas. In particular, Green Lake Township has earmarked the $118,000 it has received for community projects, guided by the results of a recent community needs assessment.

The township intends to allocate these funds towards enhancing local parks and bolstering public safety measures, including the procurement of new equipment for community police officers. This decision stems from the revenue generated by the township's two recreational cannabis outlets.

Steve Ezell, the proprietor of Interlochen Alternative Health, one of the recreational cannabis stores in the area, recalls the initial challenges faced in convincing the community of the significant financial benefits that the cannabis industry could bring. Thanks to the successful operation of such enterprises, the township now enjoys substantial economic contributions that are being reinvested in local development and safety initiatives.

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