US MI: Who’s Making Money Off Medical Marijuana?

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Pubdate: Mon, 21 Jun 2010
Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)
Page: 4A
Copyright: 2010 Detroit Free Press
Author: Katherine Yung, Free Press Business Writer
Cited: Michigan Department of Community Health
Referenced: Michigan’s law
Bookmark: (Cannabis – Medicinal – U.S.)


It’s Not Who You’d Think; Growers Don’t Get Rich — Unless They Break the Law

In a small second-story office on Main Street in Ann Arbor, Liberty
Clinic is doing brisk business, selling medical marijuana for $360 to
$400 an ounce. In just 3 1/2 months, 750 patients have come through its doors.

In Lansing, Danny Trevino has expanded beyond his HydroWorld
hydroponics store, adding two medical clinics, grow classes and a dispensary.

And in Ypsilanti, Darrell Stavros and his partners have set up a
medical marijuana service center, renting space to a support group,
doctors and a bong shop. “This is creating an enormous amount of
businesses that never existed,” he said.

Medical marijuana, one of the state’s newest industries, is taking
off. Dozens of hydroponics stores, medical clinics and grow schools
are popping up. And at support groups, cafes and dispensaries,
patients and growers are buying and selling the drug.

As with any industry, there are challenges, such as crop failures and
theft. And limits on the size of growers’ crops make it all but
impossible for growers to get rich, though they can earn some decent money.

“A few people will make a few bucks. Most people won’t make much,”
said Adam Brook, organizer of the annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash.

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