A marijuana industrial park in Windsor Township, Mich. has sold out of all 10 lots of its first phase of development, totaling 63 acres.
Harvest Park, a planned 130-acre development that will house state-licensed medical cannabis businesses, announced that the adjacent 67 acres are now on sale as part of its second phase.
“Phase One sold out quickly,” Harvest Park managing director Jeff Donahue said in a statement. “We expected to open Phase Two sometime within the second quarter of 2018, and the response has far exceeded our expectations.”
The company bills itself as the largest medical marijuana development east of the Mississippi and says it will create as many as 1,000 new jobs when the fully developed. The township of Windsor, with a population of less than 7,000, is doling out 138 medical marijuana licenses for cultivation, processing, transportation and lab testing.
Harvest Park is partnering with local utility company Lansing Board of Water & Light to supply water and electricity to the facility. Cannabis is a notoriously energy-intensive crop – one study found that indoor marijuana cultivation operations produce the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as three million cars a year.
The utility company will supply some of the energy for the park with two nearby solar installations.
Michigan has one of the largest medical marijuana programs in the country with a patient count that’s approaching 300,000. Compare that to New York, which has a population twice that of Michigan’s but only about 42,000 patients. Michigan’s medical marijuana program’s patient enrollment is only second to the behemoth of California’s medical cannabis program.
But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for cannabis businesses in the state. Michigan voters approved a medical marijuana ballot measure in 2008, setting up a system for registering patients and caregivers. But the medical cannabis industry was largely unregulated at the state level. In 2016, the legislature passed three bills to develop a regulatory regime to license cannabis businesses, and the state started accepting license applications in December 2017.