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The town of Pittsfield is one step away from having two retail marijuana stores

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Washtenaw County, MI – The town of Pittsfield is now one step closer to owning some recreational marijuana retailers.

The Pittsfield Township Planning Commission granted conditional use permits to recreational marijuana applicants along with initial and final site plan approvals with conditions at its November 17 meeting.

“(These applicants) went through … a full and lengthy vetting process,” said Ben Carlisle, the borough’s planning advisor. “(The applicants were) able to address the concerns I raised, as part of my review, as well as the Planning Commission… (And for that matter), they were able to obtain their conditional use permits.”

These approvals come months after borough leaders approved recreational and medical marijuana facilities within the borough.

Township rules define zoning “overlay areas,” which designate where different types of cannabis operations can be located. Indoor growers, retail stores, and processing centers can be located in commercial areas outside of State Circle, Platt Lane, and a portion of the Ellsworth Road corridor northwest of the intersection of I-94 and US 23.

One applicant, Barton RE Ventures, plans to turn 508 State Circle into an adult marijuana venue.

The applicant plans to use the site’s approximately 17,000 square feet of space for a company called Butters – a company that has been operating in Michigan since 2018 and is based in Flint.

Butter currently plans to open in the second quarter of 2023, Chris Clamkin, co-founder and CEO of butter, said in an emailed statement.

“We are redefining our indoor space while updating the facade and landscaping to create a safe and inviting space,” Clamkin said in an emailed statement. “We look forward to many years in the Greater Ann Arbor (and) Pittsfield area and look forward to supporting the community.”

The other applicant, Platt Real Estate Company LLC, plans to convert an approximately 8,800-square-foot lot at 4611 Platt Lane into an adult-use marijuana retailer and Class B patient terminal plantation facility, which currently has a location at 539 S. Huron St. in Ypsilanti, where it sells medical and recreational marijuana.

With his approval, the site could grow up to 500 marijuana plants as a Class B grower. This is the highest level allowed within the city, Carlyle said at a previous planning committee meeting.

As for the future of these retailers, Carlyle said the next steps for these applicants are borough marijuana licensing and state approval.

Although these are just some of its first applications, Carlisle said the town has spent a lot of time researching marijuana coming to the area. He is confident that the town will continue to prepare for any future applications that come their way.


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