ESCANABA — Lume Cannabis Co. opened its doors Friday morning to lines of cars and people on foot, stretching across the parking lot.
Retail Compliance Manager and Launch Team Leader Joseph Stankowski said the company anticipates a very successful launch, like their previous store launch in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Sault Saint Marie almost two weeks ago. That opening brought in almost 300 sales over the course of 8 hours.
The first 100 customers at Friday’s launch in Escanaba received a free swag bag containing items like t-shirts, Koozies, lanyards, Pop Sockets and batteries.
Despite state legalization of cannabis, municipalities are allowed to “opt out” of legalizing the sale of marijuana products. Retail sales and grow operations in Michigan can’t be located in municipalities that have chosen to opt-out. At present, the Escanaba City Council has “temporarily” opted out of the law. Marijuana sales will, however, become legal if the ban is not reinstated in Sept. 2022, sparking much debate on the topic among residents at city council meetings.
The current ban is not the first ban instated by the city and due to the repeated temporary bans, Lume’s new store is located at 3405 Spruce Street on land owned by the Sault Tribe. Stankowski said the company respects the municipality’s right to make the decision on banning the sale of cannabis products. He added that with a population of almost 15,000 people, Lume saw a demand in Escanaba, and the tribe offered to work with them on a location.