A look inside one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Traverse City
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — The Cured Leaf is expected to be the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Traverse City.
Applicants were given the green light to start building their business back in May and open on November 6.
However, there’s a lot that goes into starting any business, especially one that is highly regulated by the state.
In order to even step inside the building, you must be at least 21-years-old with a valid license and medical marijuana card.
“So, a person with a medical marijuana card is allowed to have 2.5 ounces per day and 10 ounces per month,” said Aaron Baggett, Director of Operations at The Cured Leaf.
The receptionist at TCL will use database to check the status of your medical marijuana card and make sure you haven’t gone over the limit of ounces per day or month.
Once passed, a limit of three patients will be allowed back in the salesroom.
Along the way, you’ll notice there are several cameras, which are required by the state.
“We have to make sure that any place that there is product in the building, it’s going to be on video, so we can make sure no one is stealing, or no one is trying to play any hookie-poo,” said Baggett.
In each case you’ll find a variety of flowers (marijuana plant), wax, oil, shatter and edibles.
“Every single product that we have is going to be state-regulated from a licensed a grower,” said Baggett. “It’s going to have the THC levels right on the packaging when you buy it and the bud-tenders back here, or the managers, are going to advise you what strength level you should be using depending on what your experience is.”
Medical marijuana cards are issued through the state based on a doctor’s referral.
To help ensure patients are getting what they need, The Cured Leaf is partnering with the Chronic Certification Center in Garfield Township.
“Majority of the patients that we see are between 40 and 70 [years old],” said Misty Cassell-Thompson, owner of Chronic Certification Center. “They are using it for degenerative disorders, degenerative disc disease, arthritis; those are some of the most common ones that we see.”
Medical marijuana cards are issued by the state based on a doctor’s referral, which is something the Chronic Certification Center has done before.
The owner said, like any medication, medical marijuana may not work for everyone, but it can be beneficial for serious conditions.
“We have seen people get off of opioids because of it, we have seen people beat cancer because of it – we have seen so many things since 2008 here in Michigan,” said Cassell-Thompson.
The Cured Leaf is planning to have its soft opening by the first week of December.