More medical marijuana dispensaries proposed for Bay City

BAY CITY, MI — Three more applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in Bay City are being voted on in the coming week.

Those applications go before the Bay City Commission at its 7:30 p.m. meeting Monday, July 2.

If all applications are approved, it would bring the total number of approved dispensaries, also known as provisioning centers, in the city to 16. One grow facility license has been accepted so far. All applicants still need to get approval from the state and pass an inspection by the city before opening for business.

Here are the applications going before the commission on Monday:

TGMBC Ventures, 1014 N. Johnson St. Springfield Holdings/ The Karmacy/Ron DiCicco and Kiel Howland, 1704 Woodside Ave. Oasis Wellness Center of Bay City II, Mazin Samona, 1201 S. Euclid Ave.

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The owner of the proposed dispensary at 1014 N. Johnson St. has big plans to renovate the building.

“It’ll have a total makeover inside and outside the building,” said Hadir Altoon, owner of TGMBC Ventures.

Altoon has run his own catering business in Taylor for 23 years, but now hopes to work less hours and run a different kind of business business without having to work strenuous hours.

He plans to hire 10 full time and five part-time positions for the dispensary.

“It’s going to be like any other legit retail business,” he said.

The businessman also has aspirations to help people in Bay City with some sort of drug rehab program.

“We’re going to try to do a program to help the community — with a drug rehab or whatever the community needs,” Altoon said.

In December 2017, Bay City commissioners approved an ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within the city limits. Bangor, Hampton, Pinconning, Gibson and Kawkawlin

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