Pot is big business for these small towns

Wise Township Clerk Doris Methner said township expenses had been rising while revenue was plateauing.

This gave Mario Porter an opportunity.

After the northeastern Isabella County township opted in for medical marijuana in 2017 to generate revenue, Porter opened a medical cannabis grow operation in 2019. It later morphed into a recreational marijuana dispensary, fully opening in September of 2020.

Despite having opened in a rural township during a global pandemic, business is booming for his dispensary, Hempire Collective.

“This month, we are on track for about 100,000 more sales than we have done so far in any given month,” Porter said in mid-July.

Located at 10147 N. Loomis Road in Loomis, an unincorporated village northwest of Coleman, Hempire is not the only small-town cannabis business thriving near Midland. Despite the City of Midland’s decision to opt out of marijuana businesses,…

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