Ann Arbor’s former CIA building is now a new marijuana dispensary
ANN ARBOR, MI – A former CIA building in downtown Ann Arbor now houses a marijuana dispensary.
JARS Cannabis has opened its new downtown location at 450 South Main St. with a full rollout for the week of July 26th.
The new store is currently open under a medical license and, according to JARS COO Raymond Abro, will offer leisure products by the end of July.
The building, used by the CIA as the University of Michigan student recruitment office, was bombed in 1968, allegedly by a trio that were part of the White Panthers, an extreme left-wing anti-racist political activist group.
The government charged the trio – Lawrence Plamondon, Jack Forrest and John Sinclar, better known for their marijuana activism – on bomb conspiracy charges, which were later dropped after a counter-charge of alleged illegal wiretapping was filed.
Now the building is home to JARS, a pharmacy that prides itself on offering a wide range of cannabis products and vendors, Abro said.
“We’re all about retail. We carry all brands, all vendors, ”Abro said, adding that managers are often willing to ask about additional brands that customers request.
JARS stocks edibles, flowers, pre-rolls and CBD products, among others.
The site will also feature a new mural from Tree Town Murals. Abro said the company is currently deciding on the design.
“We don’t come to Ann Arbor just to be a business; we are here to be part of the community, ”said Abro.
The pharmacy is also working on opening a second location in Ann Arbor at 3005 Packard Street. The store should be open for both medical and recreational marijuana in August, though JARS is still unsure of the exact start date, Abro said.
JARS, which launched in April 2020, will have 12 stores in Michigan through September and currently has four stores in Arizona. It is to be expanded to 25 branches by 2022.
“We are very happy to be in Ann Arbor City,” said Abro.
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