Trio of Marijuana Dispensaries Set to Open Near Michigan-Indiana Border

January 10th, 2024 Business & Industry
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New Buffalo Township, located near the Michigan-Indiana border, is on the verge of significantly expanding its marijuana dispensary presence. In a pivotal decision on Tuesday evening, the township's Planning Commission approved proposals for three new dispensaries along US 12, a key route leading to New Buffalo.

Currently, the region is served by a single dispensary within New Buffalo city limits and another on nearby native land, not under the jurisdiction of the city or township. The initiative to augment the area's dispensary count has been underway for approximately 18 months, with the recent approvals marking a crucial step towards realization.

The first of these new dispensaries, set to be established just past the Michigan-Indiana state line near Michigan City, is spearheaded by Native Leaf LLC. This provisioning center aims to operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., staffing five to six employees. The location, currently an unoccupied space, is expected to transform into a bustling center for marijuana retail.

A mere half-mile down the road, Bobeck Real Estate Company plans to open the second dispensary. This new establishment will join their portfolio of dispensaries, which includes Sunset Coast Provisions in Cassopolis. The company representative expressed that this addition is a natural extension of their growing business in the area.

Adjacent to this, Mitten State Engineering is set to renovate an existing building on Grand Avenue into a fully functional dispensary. This facility also plans to operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will employ a team of five.

Despite these approvals, the process is not yet finalized. The Tuesday night decision requires further confirmation, and the planning commission members indicated that it might be some time before these dispensaries begin operations. This development represents a significant expansion of marijuana retail options in the region, potentially enhancing accessibility for residents and visitors alike.

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