GWINN – The Forsyth Township Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional occupancy permit and site plan review on Jan. 13 to operate a medical and recreational marijuana business at 246 E. M-35 for the Gwinn-based Baker Curtis Cannabis Company.
Planning Commission Chairman Art Ontto listed the proposed conditions for the permit, including an amended site plan, on-site parking that does not cause traffic congestion on existing highways, no odors exiting the building, operations that comply with municipal medical marijuana ordinances and marijuana for adults, and a lighting schedule.
In an email, CEO Eric Curtis said the company is a locally owned and operated marijuana grower and retailer.
“The company’s guiding philosophy is ‘Cultivating Community and Relationships'” said Curtis. “Extensive renovations have given the old family dollar new life and purpose. Baker Curtis is also renovating 246 E. M-35, formerly The Art of Massage, to house the marijuana retail portion of the company.
“Given our strong roots in this area, the owners look forward to benefitting the local community. When both projects are completed we will have invested over $1.8 million and are very proud that all local contractors were used for the build out.”
The Class C cultivation license, Curtis said, allows for the cultivation of up to 2,000 plants. These botanicals are processed into end products, including pre-rolls, and processed into concentrates such as wax and cartridges.
“Our products are sold at our own licensed marijuana retailer and other popular locations throughout the state of Michigan.
“The cultivation will use state-of-the-art LED lights, water reclamation systems and crop control technology,” said Curtis, who noted that using the latest technology will reduce water use and maximize crop production. “We are very excited to bring these nationally recognized growing systems into our building. “We will be growing several ‘Craft Cannabis’ strains, including strains specially bred in Michigan.”
Curtis also noted that Baker Curtis will be the first licensed recreational retailer in Forsyth Township.
“The retail center will offer our home grown cannabis that was produced just around the corner,” said Curtis.
The center will also offer other cannabis grown in the Upper Peninsula and states, he said.
“Our goal will be to have something for everyone, with a strong focus on customer service.” said Curtis.
“The experienced staff will answer any questions and guide each person through their purchase, with plenty of choice for everyone.”
Curbside pickup will also be available.
“Building a cultivation and retail center takes a lot of time, money and permits. Our group has been planning this project for over a year. It will be very satisfying to see when it’s finished, he said.
“It also takes a multitude of individuals to come up with a plan. Our ownership group brings a lot of business experience with different backgrounds.”
Curtis said the company expects to employ 14 people across the two companies combined. The cultivation facility is expected to be fully operational in February, with the retail center opening in March.
kennel license approved
The Commission also unanimously approved a conditional occupancy permit for Leslie Frohriep, a tenant at 104 Cougar Street, Gwinn, to operate a kennel in a 3 zone residential development.
The kennel would be for a maximum of four dogs which would be under supervision outside.
Christie Mastric can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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