Bay City approves medical marijuana facility, second facility investigated

BAY CITY, MI — Bay City seems to be paving the way for a new blaze of marijuana-related business opportunities.

Two applications for marijuana provisioning centers were on the agenda for Monday night’s Bay City Commission meeting held on April 16. One application was approved, while the other was sent back to city staff for further investigation.

The approved application was for a provisioning center located at 710 Livingston St. The building, a former Long John Silver’s restaurant, will be the first of the 25 provisioning centers the ordinance allows in the city.

Medical marijuana dispensaries start opening across Bay County

In December 2017, the city commissioners approved an ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within the city limits of Bay City.

As of Monday, April 16, Bay County has received 13 applications for provisioning centers and one application for a grow/process facility, according to the county clerk.

Paula Givens, a cannabis compliance and licensing attorney, is representing GS Bay City, a group of Michigan business owners who are describing their approved provisioning center at the Livingston Street location as a “high-end retail medical cannabis business.”

“Our proposed location will be a more pharmaceutical style to honor the medicine, and we hope to source our contacts within the cannabis industry here and with our other licenses to bring high-quality cannabis,” Givens said.

Scottie Denha, one of the four businessmen who own the building, said the 3,000 square foot facility is expected to bring 15-20 jobs.

Denha and his business partners are based in Royal Oak. He said they were drawn to start their business in Bay City because it was one of the first cities in the state to opt in to the Medical Marijuana Act.

The businessman said the group is investing $500,000 into the business and plan to

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