A Michigan cannabis company scheduled to open a hybrid greenhouse in February said the $20 million project would change the marijuana industry.
Michigan Pure Med already had several Common Citizen retail stores, including one in Flint. The company said the investment would be a game-changer for cannabis users and ultimately bring costs down.
Michigan Pure Med CEO Michael Elias said the high-tech, glass-walled greenhouse in Marshall is powered by sunlight and unlike any other cannabis facility in the state. He said the plants will not touch outside air and the greenhouse would be able to grow marijuana 24 hours a day, even through Michigan winters.
The facility was designed to use solar power to help offset costs. Elias said safety and quality production were also top priorities. "We will be the first operation in the state of Michigan to be GMP-certified. We are building that into our design on day one," he said. While cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, Elias said the greenhouse would follow the Food and Drug Administration's guidelines.
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