New Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Kalkaska
Recreational marijuana is a growing business. Now a community in northern Michigan is getting another marijuana dispensary.
The Kalkaska village has a little over 2,000 inhabitants – fewer than 5,000 in the municipality and fewer than 20,000 in the entire county. But the business is strong enough that a fourth recreational marijuana facility opens its doors.
Lume Cannabis is making a big statement with its investment in the small community. Nate Adkins is Launch Team Leader at Lume Cannabis Co. “Getting the license is the most important thing. And a big thing for us is that we like to get licenses in cities that welcome us and cities that want us there. And we felt that at Kalkaska. “
Lume adds more than a dozen new jobs to Kalkaska. “We employ between 15 and 37 in one store,” says Adkins. “At this location we have 17-18 people and they all come from the Kalkaska area.” And Lume says the same goes for her clients – who have limited recreational marijuana options. “We get a lot of people who come from Traverse City or are just passing through to get to Traverse City. So we attract the people of Traverse City. And we warmly welcome you to come here. It is currently our closest location. “
According to Adkins, Lume is pretty happy with its location right on the Kalkaska motorway. So does new customer Ashton Micheau, who lives outside the city. “I am a recreational user and not a medical user. Traverse City has been mostly medical so far, so I like to stay here … so that makes it my first choice. ”Traverse City does not offer recreational use.
Lume’s economic impact can be felt in another 20 stores across the state and one cultivation facility in Osceola County. Adkins says, “We have our own breeding facility. It’s about 150,000 square feet in Evart, Michigan. “
Misty Groleau is the downtown business owner of Small Town Girls Creative Studio. She says she also sees benefits from the local pharmacies. And this is especially true because the surrounding communities do not offer any recreational use. “It only helps us. Because then we’ll catch up with people from Traverse City. And Cadillac is just like that, ”says Groleau. “I noticed a lot more traffic. I noticed more pedestrians and people inquiring about Kalkaska. And what really struck me are the jobs it brings to the community. “
It has also brought in tax revenue. Michigan recreational sales exceeded $ 340 million last year – and the state shared nearly $ 10 million with local governments; and more than $ 11.5 million went to the School Aid Fund. The state reports that 100 municipalities and local governments received a payout in March and another payout is due in September.
Kalkaska County and Village – with a total of six stores (3 in the village and 3 more in the county in March) received more than $ 84,000 per leisure store. By comparison – neighboring Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties got nothing – with no leisure sales in 2020.
That excites people like Groleau about the potential for more growth. “I see the potential impact if it brings people downtown.” She says it is worth looking forward to the Lume opening and the upcoming opening of another store. “I have a feeling that the opening will only draw people downtown. We’re working really hard to take everyone with us and give them a reason to stop by. ”