City of Detroit approves multi-million dollar cannabis business park project with training center

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The City of Detroit approved plans for a multi-million dollar project for a cannabis business park on Livernois Avenue which would include five cultivations businesses, two processing businesses and a provisioning center.

Also included at the business park will be a cannabis training program put on by Green Cure Wellness Inc. and Southeast Provisioning LLC.

“The grow/processing will be in the back of the facility, so it’s out of the way of the residential area,” said Maurice Morton of the Morton Law Group and former Chief of the special operations division on the Detroit police force. “It’s going to be very discreet, you won’t even know it’s there.”

Morton, a partner of Green Cure Wellness and Southeast Provisioning, said that a huge motivating factor in creating the training program is to help some of the people whose lives have been negatively impacted by the war on drugs.

“As a former prosecutor, many people have been surprised by my investment in the cannabis industry, but I refuse to sit back and watch as other build wealth and African Americans are left out,” said Morton. “I want to help build opportunities for other people of color.”

The Michigan State Police reported that in 2017, one of every 12 people who were arrested were charged with marijuana-related offenses, most of which were possession or consumption. They also reported that black men between the ages of 18 to 24 were arrested at a rate 10 times higher than white women, even though their rates of use were similar.

The new training facility will be free to those with past convictions and will train for positions in the industry including budtenders, processors, master growers and business owners. Morton said that other businesses have already inquired about becoming a part of the training center.

“Training is what we need in this industry,” said Morton. “It’s so heavily regulated and you can’t just jump in and know what you’re doing. Everything has to be handled a certain way and if we can train people, especially the population that has been negatively impacted by drug laws, we can do a service for the industry.”

Construction for the business park is set to begin in May with the first cultivation business being open by August or September. It’s expected that the entire park will be running by 2020.

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