Niles marijuana partner resigns following criminal chargesPosted by On

NILES – The HDS Investments marijuana grow facility on the city’s northeast side should be up and running in the next few weeks, owner Jeff Durrell said Tuesday.

Durrell and his partners had been welcomed by Niles city officials in 2018, but concerns have raised in the last several months over the alleged actions of another HDS partner, Michael Heskett. Heskett was arraigned in the spring on criminal sexual conduct and drug charges and now faces a February jury trial.

Durrell said Tuesday that the Heskett situation delayed completion of the project and getting a state license. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed finishing up work on the building at 13th and Lake Streets and getting the required occupancy permits.

“We are in the process of finishing up lights and HVAC and should receive occupancy sometime in the next few days,” Durrell said via email Tuesday. “We should be up and running in the next few weeks.”

He said plans…

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