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US (MI): Cannabis market finds unlikely home in Webberville

The rural, conservative village of Webberville has never made much of a name for itself. Fields abound, tractors pulling farm equipment often roll through the one-stoplight town. Besides the grainery, few downtown businesses remain: One restaurant, Dollar General, the party store, a pharmacy, a pizza shop that doesn’t keep regular hours. Just as many storefronts are vacant.

It’s 1,300 residents flock to a small carnival outside the volunteer fire station every year for ox burgers. The annual tractor pull and homecoming parade at the only high school — which routinely churns out graduating classes of fewer than 50 students — is known to stop traffic.

Lansing mainly knows Webberville for its McDonald’s and gas station pitstop en route to Detroit.

Farming has long driven the economy in Webberville, 20 miles east of downtown Lansing. And while fewer than 1,300 people live there, more than 10,000 legally grown pot plants will be sprouting up just outside of the village limits next year, when C3 Industries plans to double its staff and triple the size of its massive growing facilities just off I-96.


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