Ex-commissioner gets OK for Ann Arbor marijuana dispensary

ANN ARBOR, MI – A former Washtenaw County commissioner is now operating a medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor, selling a full line of cannabis products, including edibles, vape pens and pre-rolls.

Christina Montague, who served on the county board throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s and worked as an Ann Arbor Public Schools social worker at Mitchell Elementary, has opened a dispensary called Huron View at 3152 Packard Road.

The city’s Planning Commission voted Tuesday night, June 19, to grant a special-exception use permit, giving the former county board chair’s new business official zoning approval to operate in a small retail space next to a meat market in a strip mall near Packard and Platt.

Storefront window decals refer to the dispensary as both The Huron View Center and Huron View Kind Solutions.

Montague said she has a small team and her dispensary is probably one of the smallest ones around. She said she just wants to make a positive contribution to the community.

The Planning Commission postponed approval of the dispensary on June 5 after concerns were raised that it’s across the street from a preschool and daycare that commissioners were told by the owner is licensed to provide programs for children up to age 12.

After careful consideration, the commission was ready to approve the dispensary Tuesday night.

“We are helping so many people, so many veterans,” Teesha Montague, Christina Montague’s adult daughter, told planning commissioners earlier this month. “We are different than everybody else. We are self-funded and we just want an opportunity.”

Christina Montague, right, with longtime friend The Rev. Jesse Jackson and her daughter Teesha Montague during a campaign event in Ann Arbor in 2012.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News 

The commission granted zoning approval for two other dispensaries Tuesday night: People’s

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