The former site of Gibralter Trade Center in Michigan is turning into a medical marijuana facility.

The city recently awarded a license to grow, dispense and process medical marijuana in the building of the former trade center, said Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey.

James George, the owner of Gibraltar, received a license from the state, as did Hani Kassab, another applicant who was approved for dispensary and growing in the vacant flower shop.

Dempsey remarked, “it’s not in the heart of the city; it’s near an expressway, and there are no residences within 1,500 feet.”

“We decided to get into it and took a whole year to study the issue, to find out as much as we could about the industry,” said Mayor Barb Dempsey. “There is a need for medical marijuana, and if it helps people, then absolutely, let’s do it.”

This move is projected to generate about $65,000 in annual licensing fees, Dempsey said.

“That may not seem like a lot of money, but it is to Mount Clemens,” she added.

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