The Michigan Advance has a great feature on Michigan Agricultural Services (MAS), an African-American firm, that broke ground Friday on a 25,500-square-foot high-tech indoor commercial cannabis processing facility in Inkster:
The $6 million project is scheduled to begin construction soon and is giving hope to some who have advocated for more opportunities for African Americans in Michigan’s marijuana industry after voters in 2018 legalized it for recreational use.
“Generational wealth and having access to the roadmap to economic mobility is key to the progression of the Black and Brown community,” said Sahir Al-Salam, community liaison and head of investor relations for MAS. “We have the opportunity to help create jobs and partnerships for our communities to thrive in this industry. Let’s work together and build something great.”
The effort founded by Detroit natives Al-Salam and Mark Stockdale, who are both Black, will be accessible to patients who seek cannabis products year-round at competitive pricing.
“We believe that in order for the cannabis industry to survive it has to be diversified,” said Stockdale, principal founder and chief executive officer for MAS. “It’s time for everybody to grow economically, and cannabis is a pathway for us to build wealth and invest in our communities.”
Learn more about social equity in Michigan’s marijuana industry on the MCT!
photo credit: Michigan Agricultural Services by nene_atlaw