‘Tickled to be growing this business’: Port Huron IDs final marijuana licensees at 10 spots citywide

Jackie Smith

| Port Huron Times Herald

The city of Port Huron finalized what marijuana operators will get permits to open local facilities this week — and most of them will be located along major thoroughfares.

That includes two on 10th Street, others on Lapeer and Pine Grove avenues, one on Military Street and two downtown.

Applications for both medical and recreational marijuana businesses were due more than a month ago. Dozens of proposals — all from operators outside of St. Clair County — arrived, and on Wednesday, only a few got word their applications were successful. According to a list from the city clerk’s office, seven operators were approved to hold 24 local licenses for facilities at 10 different addresses citywide.

All but one of those operators will hold two or more licenses, and that new licensee, Green Standard Cultivation, is working with the owners of Wings Etc. to bring a marijuana retail shop to 400 Quay St. next door to the restaurant downtown.

Owner Gene Harrison and his son Rob have been working to develop the Quay Street block for over a year, and on Thursday, Harrison said they hope a dispensary will help them reach a bigger goal.

“We thought that it fit in with what we’re doing with Wings, and we got another bar venue that we’re putting in next door,” he said. “And we thought that the dispensary fits directly into our overall goal of having an entertainment district.”

Representatives from Green Standard weren’t available for comment this week through the Harrisons.

However, Gene Harrison said they’ve worked with the group before.

Aside from 400 Quay St., which will only be the site for a retailer license, the other downtown spot to host a marijuana shop — with both a medical and recreational license — will be 515 Wall St., a long-vacant restaurant space.

Additional medical provisioning centers and retailer licensees will also be located at 1814 and 2337 10th St. and 2569 Lapeer Ave. Just retailer licensees will be at 1600 Pine Grove Ave. and 1033 River St.

The locations on 10th and River streets will also be home to licenses for designated consumption establishments.

Several microbusiness licenses were assigned to an entity for 1926 Bancroft St. and 2101 Cypress St. One entity will also hold two marijuana processor licenses and a grower license for 2300 and 2358 Military St.

More on the licensing process, final marijuana business locations

Although Harrison Investment would only be the landlord for the Quay Street retailer, leaving the marijuana side of the business to Green Standard, Harrison emphasized their partnership this week. They previously were the only operators to put in for a local permit before the Nov. 3 ballot measure replaced the city’s original marijuana ordinance.

“They have growing facilities already on the other side of the state,” Harrison said, “and this is going to allow them to have a streamlined approach and be able to supply their cannabis to their dispensary.”

When asked how quickly they hoped to have something up and running, Harrison laughed and said, “Fast. Actually, I was just talking to some of the partners yesterday, and within the next couple of weeks, we’re going put a timeline together. But … speaking for myself, I like to see us open within six months.”

“As you know, I’m from this area,” he added. “I’m just tickled to be growing this business down here on Quay Street.”

Awarding the licenses was based on the criteria outlined in an ordinance approved by voters last November, as well as zoning rules approved by city officials.

Under that set of voter-approved rules, only seven unique business addresses could be identified for provisioning centers and recreational adult-use.

The proposals for microbusinesses, processors, and growers — the Bankcroft, Military, and Cypress locations — were considered separately, meaning not under the seven unique addresses rule.

All provisional licenses are valid for a year before renewal is required.

Overall, the city had received more than 50 and 30 applications for recreational and medical licenses, respectively.

For those that weren’t successful, there is no appeal process outlined in the permit ordinance.

“From my standpoint of issuing these licenses, the next step now is they’ll need to get in contact with our planning and building department,” said City Clerk Cyndee Jonseck.

Contact Jackie Smith at (810) 989-6270 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @Jackie20Smith.

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