Red Bud Roots In Acme
Medical marijuana dispensary owners in Acme Township are frustrated with Township leaders who still aren’t allowing the sale of recreational marijuana.
Co-Founder of Red Bud Roots in Acme, Alex Leonowicz, says they opened two years ago under the impression an ordinance for recreational marijuana would eventually come.
“We relied upon the hiring and opening of our store and the investment of just over $1 million into this facility. And so far, there’s been no movement thereon,” Leonowicz explains.
Dispensaries can operate in Acme Township. However, only medical sales are allowed, which needs a medical marijuana card. With fewer medical card holders and recreational sales allowed in neighboring municipalities, it’s made it tough for dispensaries in Acme to survive.
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“As a license holder, it’s incredibly frustrating. The tax benefits are there, the work created, and the investment back to the community is there,” Leonowicz said.
As a result, dispensaries in Acme have closed. Township Supervisor Doug White says there were never any guarantees recreational marijuana would ever be allowed within the township.
“I realize all of them say, ‘well, examine how much money you lost because you didn’t do it.’ I examine it another way and say, ‘look at the quantity of money we didn’t lose due to litigation,” White says.
White says he’s not ruling out recreational marijuana sales; he just wants to urge it.
“It’s so new we would like to walk before we run. We would like to make sure when we make a move, a method or the other, that we roll in the hay right,” White states.
Dispensary owners in Acme Township say they’re trying to stay optimistic as they meet with township leaders in the coming days.
“The meeting tomorrow is simple. It’s a final ditch effort to try and see if we can reach an amicable resolution between the license holders and the planning commission on drafting an adult use ordinance,” Leonowicz says.