9/22/2019 Mark Peterson WNDU-TV   Share to Facebook  Share on Google+  

Niles to wrestle with recreational marijuana recommendation

Niles to wrestle with recreational marijuana recommendationThe Niles Planning Commission has recommended that the city allow some recreational marijuana businesses. Meantime, two proposed medical marijuana businesses in Niles have become the first to receive preliminary approval by the state. Apparently, pot is hot and tanning is not: Theres been some interest in putting a cannabis business in a former salon on Main Street and South 11th. A former pool hall on South 11th is also said to be in the potential pool of properties for a medical marijuana business. Its the green rush. Its the new way to make money right now in this area, and there is quite an opportunity for anybody that's going into the business, Niles Community Development Director Sanya Vitale said. Vitale said she typically fields between five and 20 marijuana-related phone calls a day in a city that currently has plans for just 10 medical marijuana businesses in the pipeline -- at least for now. Our planning commission is making a recommendation to expand to the recreational, to be an opt-in recreational community and increase the number of buildings in our industrial park to six, because the demand is there, Vitale said. Vitale says the plan commission has also recommended four micro-businesses. That would be allowed to grow up to 150 plants. Which seems to be meant for mom-and-pop shops who would be allowed to grow up to 150 plants, process those plants, and then sell either an infused product like an edible or soap or cream of some sort," Vitale

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