One of the most important considerations when planning to enter the marijuana industry is learning how to find a location for your cannabis business, or where to operate your cannabis business.
Whether you’re planning to operate a public-facing business (B2C) that services the end consumer, such as a medical provisioning center or recreational use retailer, or a business closed to the public (B2B) like a processor or grower; you need a physical location.
Even a secure transporter needs to have a physical location where the operation is based. This article details how to find a location for a cannabis business.
Many factors affect the decision of where to set up your business, including:
personal geographic preferences (both state-wide and regional)
municipal regulation and zoning, the experience of your team
the resources and assets available to your team
the likelihood of receiving a license if you apply
Most of these factors are intertwined, so considerations related to one factor will likely have an impact on other factors as well.
If you’ll be involved in day-to-day operations of the business, this may need to be near where you currently live, or you may need to choose a location you’re willing to relocate to.
If you plan on employing people who will manage day-to-day operations and don’t need to be near the operation, then the whole state is open to you; but you’ll still need to find a location where you can find and retain employees.
Whatever general region of the state you wish to operate your business in, you can likely find a municipality within a reasonable distance that will allow it.
However, the more rural an area, the farther this “reasonable” distance may be.
Another consideration is whether there are other marijuana businesses in the area that you may need to support your business.
If you want to be a grower, who are you selling to and how is it being transported there?
If you’re a retailer, where do you get your product and how does it get to you?
Once you’ve decided on where to operate your cannabis business, the local regulations enacted (or not) by the over 500 distinct municipalities in Michigan will dictate whether a cannabis business is permitted within a specific municipality.
If they’re permitted, the ordinances will indicate which types of businesses are allowed, the number of licenses that will be issued, where the business may be located, and other rules regulating the operation of the business.
You need to be realistic about your chances of obtaining a license in the municipality of your choosing.
If the municipality you want to be in is limiting available licenses and looking for new developments or experienced teams, and you don’t have the experience or resources to accomplish that, you should probably look in surrounding areas.
Additionally, there’s a whole host of reports and narratives to convince the municipality that your project should be the one allowed to operate in their community.
How to Find Location for Cannabis Business
Whether you are a large team with lots experience and resources available to compete in competitive markets, or a smaller team doing most of the work on your own on a limited budget, our team of award-winning cannabis attorneys is ready to answer your questions.
We can help you navigate the municipality licensing process, achieve your business goals, and find out where to operate your cannabis business.