JACKSON, MI – Two marijuana businesses, including a growing facility, received conditional approval to begin the building process in Jackson, just weeks after the first marijuana dispensary opened in the city.
City Council voted 6-1 at its Tuesday, Dec. 8 virtual meeting to give conditional approval to both Objectiv Growth, which intends to operate a marijuana class C growth and processing facility at 811 E. Washington Ave, and JARS Holding, which intends to open a provisioning center at 156 Cooper St.
Both businesses received prequalification from the state, records show. Councilman Freddie Dancy, Ward 2, voted no on both.
The conditional approval allows both companies to request a building permit within a month. The city still must grant both businesses the related licenses before they can open.
Objectiv Growth proposes building a medical and adult use growth and processing facility at about 71,500-square feet, a proposed site plan shows. Class C grower licenses can grow up to 2,000 marijuana plants, according to state law.
The building will involve about $19 million in capital investment and is expected to open no later than August 2021.
City Council amended its ordinances in October to allow a large-scale grower and processor “due to the abundance of vacant industrial land,” Jennifer Morris, director of neighborhood and economic operations, said in a memo describing Objectiv Growth’s request.
The facility intends to hire 50 employees, with “as many as possible” full-time positions offered to city residents.
JARS Holding intends to open a retail store called JARS Cannabis for both medical and adult-use customers. It expects to hire 20 to 25 full-time employees and 5 to 10 part-time employees, with at least 50% being Jackson residents. The lowest paid employee would start at $15 an hour, according to the company’s plans.
The dispensary will be located on Cooper Street. JARS expects to spend $4.25 million on capital investment. It said it has been in contact with contractors within Jackson County to build its facility, but no bids have been solidified yet.
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