New medical marijuana business opens near Battle Creek


3 CALHOUN COUNTY HAS A NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY. IT OPENED TODAY JUST OUTSIDE BATTLE CREEK.BRIAN:..IT’S THE FIRST STEP FOR THE AREA… AS THE COUNTDOWN TOWARD RECREATIONAL SALES CONTINUES.NEWS 8’S KYLE MITCHELL GOT A TOUR TODAY.HE EXPLAINS HOW THE INDUSTRY IS CHANGING AHEAD OF THE RECREATIONAL ROLLOUT.. 3 KYLE: “THE COMMON CITIZEN DISPENSARY OPENED WITH A FULL PARKING LOT THIS MORNING AND THEY EXPECT SALES TO CONTINUE TO GROW.”WITH RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA ON THE HORIZONa& 21:06 “THIS WAS A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT THAT WE GOT CONVERTED OVER INTO A PROVISIONING CENTER.”a& THE NEW COMMON CITIZEN LOCATION ON EAST COLUMBIA AVENUE NEAR BATTLE CREEK IS DESIGNED FOR THE FUTURE.MICHAEL ELIAS / CEO, MICHIGAN PURE MED AND COMMON CITIZEN 24:12 “WE ARE A RECREATIONAL STATE AND THE WAY WE SET UP COMMON CITIZEN IS BASICALLY TO PROVIDE ANY TYPE OF CONSUMER BASED ON WHATEVER NEEDS THEY HAVE. WE HAVE DESIGNED THIS STORE TO ESSENTIALLY MEET THOSE NEEDS.” MICHAEL ELIAS THE CEO OF MICHIGAN PURE MED — MICHIGAN’S LARGEST MEDICAL CANNABIS COMPANY AND PARENT COMPANY OF COMMON CITIZEN — SAYS THEY PLAN TO APPLY FOR RECREATIONAL LICENSES. 24:00 “WE ARE ABSOLUTELY INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE RECREATIONAL MARKET.”FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SALES ONLY MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES CAN GET THE NEW LICENSE.26:36 “IT MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO FUNCTION AS A BUSINESS, CANNABIS BUSINESS, IN JUST THE MEDICAL MARKET KNOWING THAT THE RECREATIONAL MARKET IS IN FRONT OF US.” PEOPLE 21 AND OLDER WILL NO LONGER NEED A PRESCRIPTION IN MUNICIPALITIES THAT ALLOW RECREATIONAL SALES. THE STATE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING LICENSE APPLICATIONS NOVEMBER 1ST WITH SALES EXPECTED TO START THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR. 26:53 “WE KNOW THAT EMMETT IS PROGRESSIVE IN THE WAY THEY THINK AND I’M HOPEFUL THAT WE MOVE INTO A RECREATIONAL SPACE HERE IN EMMETT TOWNSHIP.” MICHIGAN PURE MED WILL EVENTUALLY SUPPLY COMMON CITIZEN FROM ITS NEARBY GREENHOUSE IN MARSHALL.THE CEO SAYS THE OPERATION WILL GROW TO 400 JOBS AS THE INDUSTRY BECOMES MORE ESTABLISHED.31:13 “IT’S A HUGE MARKET.”KYLE: “COMMON CITIZEN WILL BE HOLDING A JOB FAIR HIRING 40 FULL-TIME POSITIONS ON OCTOBER 16TH IN MARSHALL. REPORTING FROM EMMETT TOWNSHIP, KYLE MITCHELL, NEWS 8.”

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