LANSING — A business is one step closer to becoming the first medical marijuana cultivation facility to operate legally in the city of Lansing.
Green Peak Innovations received licenses Thursday to grow up to 3,000 marijuana plants at 1669 E. Jolly Road.
The south Lansing facility is slated to open by the end of this month, said Green Peak Innovations CEO Jeff Radway. The facility will create about 20 jobs in Lansing, he said, and the company intends to add more jobs as it expands in the region.
Green Peak Innovations has plans to open a 131-acre marijuana business park in Windsor Township. The industrial park will serve as the company’s headquarters and, pending certification from the state, will include growing and processing facilities, company representatives say.
Green Peak Innovations aims to profit from “seed to store” vertical integration of medical marijuana production.
The 17,000-square foot Jolly Road facility is the first Green Peak Innovations property to get a state medical marijuana license, but the business ultimately plans to operate multiple cultivation facilities. The company also has applications pending for dispensaries that would distribute medical marijuana throughout the state.
To operate legally in Michigan, medical marijuana businesses eventually will need both local and state licenses. Green Peak Innovations has preliminary approval from the city of Lansing for the Jolly Road grow facility. The city will issue final approval to the facility, assuming Green Peak Innovations submits a certificate of occupancy and passes its final police and building safety inspections, City Clerk Chris Swope said.
Green Peak Innovations is one of eight companies that have so far secured preliminary approval from the city for grow facilities in Lansing. The other companies have yet to be certified by the state, however, which means Green Peak Innovations is the furthest along in the licensing process.
The Jolly Road facility earned pre-qualification status from Michigan’s Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation in July.
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