Bay Mills Indian community plans to open marijuana dispensary in Flint Township



FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI – A new tribal-owned marijuana dispensary is in the works for Genesee County.

Bay Mills Indian community made a presentation at a special meeting of the Township of Flint Board of Directors Meet Monday October 4 regarding his plans to open the facility.

The presentation was made by Whitney Gravelle, Tribal Council President Tracey Tucker, Flint Township Economic Improvement Director, told MLive-The Flint Journal.

“They have a business called Northern Lights, which is a marijuana dispensary. They were letting us know what they were planning to do there, and that was about it, ”Tucker said. “Just let us know what they plan to do there.”

The Bay Mills Indian community opened their first marijuana dispensary earlier this year in the Upper Peninsula, which they tout as “Michigan’s first and only 100% tribal-owned marijuana company.”

Tucker further explained that the tribe would run the business on 28 acres they own near the northeast corner of Lennon and Dutcher roads in the township, which is near the Genesee Valley Mall.

This is the same land where the tribe had previously discussed a potential 200,000 square foot casino on the property they bought in December 2010, but those plans then fell through.

Related: Bay Mills Chief: Tribe will not try to open the Flint Township Casino until the Vanderbilt case is resolved

However, Tucker was unaware of the specific location on the ground where the company would be operating.

About 25 jobs would be created with the company at a salary range of $ 16 to $ 25 an hour, she said.

Before plans can move forward, some agreements would need to be made between the tribe and township, such as building inspections and questions with police and firefighters, the township director said.

“I believe they are trying to work hand in hand with us,” Tucker said.

Calls and emails made by MLive-The Flint Journal to President Whitney Gravelle and Northern Light management for comment were not answered or returned.

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