NOW: Some businesses opposing Buchanan dispensary's expansion plans – ABC 57 News
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BUCHANAN, Mich. — There is some pushback on the rapidly growing legal marijuana industry in Buchanan.
A successful recreational store there wants to expand, but some say enough is enough.
Zen Leaf was Buchanan’s first dispensary and they’ve had success just like the other four also located on Front Street.
They’d now like to acquire the long-vacant, conjoining building, but some wish a new industry could start to grow instead.
“There’s enough foot traffic coming into the community, I have 25 to 35 people every day in my store asking where they can get something to eat, where they can get ice cream, but unfortunately there aren’t a lot of options,” said Richard Paniagua, owner of Cannavista Wellness.
Zen Leaf already got approval Tuesday from the planning commission to expand into its next-door building, one Mayor Sean Denison said hasn’t had any other prospective buyers and has been vacant for at least a decade.
“In our mind, it doesn’t matter what business it is, there’s still going to be traffic,” said Mayor Denison. “The city way before this commission approved for marijuana to be here, so it’s hard now