UPDATE: Leoni Twp. board approves recreational marijuana licenses for two businesses

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LEONI TWP., MI – Two Jackson County businesses took another step, in joining the growing list of recreational marijuana businesses opening in Michigan.

Three recreational marijuana licenses were up for discussion at the Tuesday night Leoni Township Board of Trustees meeting.

The board considered two licenses for Choice Labs– one for retail and one for processing, and a secure transport license for Evergreen Logistics.

The licenses are the first locally approved in Jackson county.

“I’m very much in favor of it. I have been a medical marijuana patient for five years. I think it will be a boom to Leoni township bringing in outside people that will support our local businesses,” Pearl Sullivan, a Leoni Township resident of 36 years said.

Kurt Cole was one of the trustees who voted no.

“The state still hasn’t released their final laws and rules they were going to set forth to govern this,” Cole said, adding that he felt like it was a risk to residents to opt into something if they don’t know exactly what they’re opting into.

According to Cole, Leoni Township is the only township in the state of Michigan that has its own police enforcement over those licenses. That person, Sergeant Steve Stowe said so far there hasn’t been anything to worry about.

“I think most residents just want to know that they’re safe. We have seen no noticeable increase in crime since we started this,” Sgt. Cole said.

The businesses now only need to get final approval from state regulators, They’ve got 90 days to decide on applications, per state law.

Ten businesses have obtained retail licenses for recreational marijuana in Michigan so far and half are based in Ann Arbor.

If Choice Labs is approved for retails sales, the businesses would be at the same location as its medical marijuana store, 3331 Page Ave, according to our media partners at MLIVE.com

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