Adult-use marijuana sales begin in Niles

Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 6:41 PM EST
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It’s high time recreational marijuana sales came to southwest Michigan.

The ReLeaf Center in Niles opened its doors to adult-use customers Thursday at 10 a.m.

The day was characterized by long lines and a wide variety of customers. Ken Bellamy came all the way from Michigan City, Indiana.

“I’ve got a buddy that lives up here in New Buffalo and I’m going to grab something here, I’m going back there and stay the day at his house,” Bellamy said.

Daniel Prothero is from Toledo, Ohio. He was in town on business and decided to check things out.

“I'm actually like super thrilled about it because I literally only live like an hour away from here, like, technically, so I can always make a trip up here now, now that it is recreational, so it is honestly like a lifesaver to me,” he said.

Buying marijuana at the ReLeaf Center is like buying jewelry. The products are on display in glass cases and customers receive personal attention from a budtender.

“If there’s something that you see, that you want to smell, that you want to look at, you know, we’ll pull it out of the case. If it’s an accessory, we’ll pull it out and let you look at it,” ReLeaf Center’s George Pittenturf said.

The business did allow medical marijuana patients to head to the front of the line.

Recreational sales were limited to 2 grams per customer.

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