Medical pot revitalizing blighted Muskegon properties

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — Commercial-sized medical marijuana facilities are set to soon start popping up within Muskegon's city limits.

The businesses will offer much more than dispensaries and cultivation centers to West Michigan. They'll also give shuttered parts of Muskegon southwest of Seaway Drive and Laketon Avenue a multimillion-dollar facelift.

"Muskegon is definitely ahead of the curve," said Connie Maxim-Sparrow of Sparrow Consulting, who represents medical marijuana growers and entrepreneurs.

Maxim-Sparrow told 24 Hour News 8 that earlier this year, Muskegon city leaders became the first in the area to approve an ordinance allowing commercial medical marijuana production and retail stores.

"The only licensed facility, and it's not even licensed, is in Crockery Township and they're under a temporary operating permit," Maxim-Sparrow explained. "So anything west of Lansing, there is nothing licensed under the current state law."

The ordinance allows the dispensaries in an area that includes 20 properties. Most are currently home to dilapidated buildings.

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