HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) – A medical marijuana growth facility is proposed for the Copper Country Mall. Portage Township prepares to discuss the proposal next week. Portage Caregiver Center wants to expand to the Copper Country Mall’s empty JC Penny space. According to the LLC’s registered agent, Tyler Ross, the facility would also include local and downstate sales, extraction and processing.
“We don’t hear a lot of negativity about these places coming into the area because everybody that comes here kind of understands that it is good for the community,” said Penny Milkey, co-owner of Northern Specialty Health, a medical marijuana care center in Houghton.
This comes as many medical marijuana centers face forced shutdown December 15.
“Medical marijuana helps a lot of people and if they don’t have access to it, I am afraid they are going to use things that are not good for them, like prescription pills or alcohol,” said Milkey.
Recent state legislation requires townships and cities to opt-in to allow marijuana sales. The township estimates 1600 medical marijuana card carriers in Houghton County. 400 of those