Business, education grants in Muskegon will go to those convicted under old marijuana laws

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – After the city of Muskegon agreed to provide grants and loans for people convicted under Michigan’s previous marijuana laws, Cory Roberts didn’t waste time in applying.

Roberts, who is part of a group working to establish a new marijuana dispensary, grow operation and consumption lounge in Muskegon, applied for a $5,000 business grant that is among several the city is offering.

“I’m thankful for what they’ve done so far,” Roberts said of city leaders, adding he thinks more can be done to assist those impacted by now-repealed marijuana laws.

More likely will be done as the city continues to receive from the state a portion of marijuana excise taxes. This year’s share to the city is $112,000. The city also is using $1,200 donated by a local marijuana business.

The city commission on Tuesday, June 22 finalized the city’s social equity program to assist those impacted by marijuana laws, mostly through conviction of…

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