Tucked away in an outlet on the southern outskirts of the city is a store called Lush Lighting. As its name suggests, it specializes in selling LED lights and other products to help plants grow more efficiently.
Though it may not look like it from its modest facade, owner Matthew Johnson said his store, and others like it across Michigan, could soon be in for a huge spike in business.
Under a series of new medical marijuana laws passed in 2016, cities and townships in Michigan are deciding whether or not to allow medical marijuana businesses into their communities. Locally, a few are climbing on board.
But voters across Michigan may soon have an even bigger decision to make about the drug.
On the heels of the recent medical marijuana industry overhaul here, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol is pushing to put a question on the 2018 ballot that would make recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 and older.
The proposed law would decriminalize the possession of 2.5 ounces of marijuana in public and allow for up to 10 ounces to be kept under supervision in private. [Read more at South Bend Tribune]