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City selects medical marijuana dispensaries

ALPENA, Mich.– The city of Alpena has chosen which businesses will be providing medical marijuana in Alpena.

Lume Cannabis Company, which will be located at 629 and 635 West Chisholm, and Green Buddha, which will be at 1315 West Chisholm, are the two businesses that have been approved out of the original six. The selection was based on a universal rubric that awarded points based on aspects of the businesses’ applications. The businesses with the most points received approval.

City Manager Rachel Smolinski says that the next step for these businesses will be site plans and construction permits.

“What they’ll need to move forward with in the next six months is… they have to submit a site plan for special land use to the planning commission. And they’ll also need to apply for a building permit that takes them through the rest of that application process.”

Smolinski said that she has high hopes for these businesses.