MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – With over 20 years of combined experience, two longtime friends are in the process of opening a marijuana business that will be the first of its kind in Muskegon County.
Muskegon-area natives Aric Keyser and James Dewald are the owners and 50/50 partners of MI Canna Connection – a marijuana microbusiness.
“This is the smallest scale production facility for someone in the industry to get in to,” Keyser told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle.
With proper licensing, a microbusiness can grow and process up to 150 marijuana plants, and then package and sell the product all within one company. The business, however, cannot buy wholesale product from other companies.
“Microbusinesses are sort of made for caregivers to figure it out,” Keyser said.
Muskegon County is already home to several marijuana shops, but MI Canna Connection will become the first microbusiness in the area.
Keyser and Dewald purchased a once-abandoned building, at 2541 Park St. in Muskegon Heights, about 3 ½ years ago. Since then, they have been diligently working to restore it up to state code and make it their own.
“We acted as our own general contractor on the project to fit a very tight budget,” Keyser said.
Keyser, a Mona Shores graduate, and Dewald, a Muskegon High grad, did nearly all of the structural work themselves and personally coordinated with subcontractors to ensure jobs were completed.
The duo received a long-awaited letter from the Michigan Department of Licensing and…