First marijuana dispensary opens in Whitmore Lake two years after voters rejected ban

WHITMORE LAKE, MI — A marijuana retail industry is taking root in Whitmore Lake two years after voters here rejected a proposal to ban dispensaries.

Planted Provisioning, located at 9545 Main Street, had a soft launch on Monday with a grand opening planned for Oct. 1.

The dispensary is the first in Whitmore Lake, an unincorporated community that lies partially in Northfield Township north of Ann Arbor.

Northfield Township was previously split over whether to allow marijuana businesses at all. Nearly 64 percent of township residents voted in favor of Michigan’s 2018 recreational marijuana low.

But in 2019, residents circulated a petition to ban marijuana businesses, eventually getting the initiative on the ballot. The issue was controversial, dividing the township. Elected officials at the time were criticized for being part of the anti-marijuana petition group. The proposal was ultimately defeated by a near 10-point margin, with 1,058 or roughly 44% of residents voting in favor of the ban, and 1,338 or about 56% against it.

Northfield Township Supervisor Ken Dignan said the defeat shows that the community has “always been on board” with dispensaries and that residents “welcome them in.”

“It’s a great economic boost for our community,” he said.

Planted is one of three marijuana businesses that have been approved in the township. Two other dispensaries have been approved by the township, with one, located at the former Bobber Down bar, 8475 Main St., opening in November under the name Quest Cannabis. The third marijuana business has been proposed at 50 E. North Territorial Road.

Dignan said the company, Northern Trellis, took over a “very challenging property” there, but that the additional renovations will improve the area.

“I think it’s going to be a great shot in the arm,” Dignan said.

New dispensary in Whitmore Lake plans grand opening this weekend – Detroit Metro Times

Planted Provisioning Center, a new medical and recreational marijuana dispensary in Whitmore Lake, is holding a three-day grand opening beginning Friday.

The dispensary occupies a renovated building at 9545 Main St. and features 2,800 square feet of retail space, including a bud bar and waiting room.

The grand opening will feature music, giveaways, product deals and catering by Eli’s Blazin Wings and Pizza. Between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Heaven on a Roll Food Truck will be serving munchies. For each $25 spent, customers will receive a $5 food ticket.

“We are thrilled to be a new member of the Whitmore Lake business community,” Matt Ritz, chief operating officers of Planted, said in a statement. “The Planted team will bring a disciplined, retail-oriented experience as a community-oriented cannabis outlet.”

Budtenders and cannabis coaches will be on hand to help customers with the selection of flower, edibles, and concentrates. The flower choices include night charmer, pineapple express, rozay cake, and starforce. The dispensary also has a large selection of vaping cartridges, wax, and cannabis-infused chocolate bars and gummies.

Ritz said the dispensary prioritizes educating customers on the selection.

“As legal climates change around the country and around the world, more and more people are turning to this once-alternative form of medicine to do what modern medicine simply cannot,” Ritz said. “Planted is here to help our customers through the process, from how to register, to what to expect when you step through our doors. We’ll explain your choices and guide you in creating an experience that best fits each individual’s needs.”