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Houghton Approves Use Permit for Marijuana Retailer

The City of Houghton has taken another step toward the approval of a new recreational marijuana business.

At last night’s meeting, city councilors signed off on a special land use permit that would allow Lume Cannabis to operate a facility on Razorback Drive.

The new building would be located next to Keweenaw Gem and Gift.

City manager Eric Waara noted that the application met all of the city’s criteria, and had been approved by the city planning commission. A recent public hearing held by the planning commission garnered no comments.

Waara said other permits and approvals will also be needed…

“One of the next steps in the process would be a site plan review with the planning commission prior to building, but this would be the first step in the licensure process.”

Lume Cannabis is owned by a company called Attitude Wellness. Its headquarters are in Evart, Michigan, which is about 25 miles south of Cadillac.

The company website says it already operates 10 stores around the state, including an outlet in Negaunee. The site also indicates that another eight locations are in the works, including Iron Mountain and Sault Ste. Marie. No timetable for the eventual opening of the business was discussed.

The Houghton council decided to spend some time at its next meeting interviewing the five candidates that have applied for the vacancy on the city planning commission.

The seat dedicated to a representative from the recreation and tourist industry opened up when Gary Lubinski resigned, after the Franklin Square Inn was sold. The applicants include Benjamin Ciavola, Jennifer Julien, Don Lee, Jill Passanisi and Norma Veurink. The term runs through the end of 2022.

Last night’s meeting opened with this question from citizen Joan Suits… [SUITS].

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