Before the state of Michigan legalized marijuana, various areas in the Southwest were filled with empty storefronts and warehouses. However, the plant’s legalization brought with it marijuana-industry investors into the state who were looking for locations to process and grow plants, as well as establish dispensaries. City leaders in southwest Michigan state that the marijuana industry has brought more than 10 years’ worth of redevelopment to the area, adding that even more projects are scheduled to begin in the next year or so. In the last two years alone, the sum investment in equipment and buildings in Buchanan and Niles has surpassed $50 million, with the cities noting that more than 250 new employment opportunities have been created in each city. Additionally, taxes collected by the state from cannabis businesses in the area have been allocated to different communities.
CannabisNewsWire, 06/14/2021 04:20:00