mLive reports that the former Sons of Norway lodge in Muskegon will soon become a cannabis retail store, consumption lounge and grow operation:
…Cory Roberts, a partner at Michigan Canna House, said he was looking for a location for his new venture, and when he saw the old lodge, it ticked several boxes. It can be seen from nearby U.S. 31, it’s away from other areas of the city that are zoned for marijuana and it has a large space that can be renovated, Roberts said.
Its address, 420 S. Harvey St., seemed like fate, Roberts said. Four-twenty is slang for cannabis, and April 20 has become a traditional day for cannabis celebrations.
“It seemed like it was meant to be,” Roberts said.
…He joined up with his wife Lynette Roberts and partner Nigel Douglas, both of whom are the chefs behind Michigan Cannabis Chefs, to host a cannabis-infused gourmet dinner party in Chicago to court potential business partners. It was there that they met Edgar Ramon, who said the group “hit it off right away.”
“I was honored,” Ramon said of the invitation to become a partner in Michigan Canna House and its Muskegon venture.
Ramon brought along his brother David Ramon, who also is a partner in the business venture. The Ramons’ Hispanic ethnicity and Roberts’ several-year incarceration on a marijuana conviction, allow the group to meet the state’s and city’s social equity guidelines for cannabis businesses.
Edgar Ramon said the group will close on the property April 2, and shortly after will bring in an architect to develop design plans. The existing 11,000-square-foot building will be renovated for the retail shop and consumption lounge, Ramon said.
The former lodge’s commercial-grade kitchen will allow Michigan Canna House’s chefs to bring gourmet food to the lounge – though it won’t be cannabis-infused, Ramon said.
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