Ypsilanti licenses its first medical marijuana dispensary

It’s the feel good medical marijuana story of the week. Over at AnnArbor.com, they’ve got a story on the first medical marijuana dispensary to get licensed by the City of Ypsilanti. The place is called the 3rd Coast Compassion Center. Here’s a great quote from one of the owners, Jamie Lowell:

“If a municipality chooses to use the law as Ypsilanti has, they get businesses in buildings that have been vacant, jobs are created, it brings in people from out of town who use other businesses like restaurants, it brings in a little money for the city because of license costs, crime is reduced, and they do that all by way of helping patients with their health care,” Lowell said. “This is a great way of doing it and I believe we demonstrated that in Ypsi.”

And then there’s this interesting statistic from the article:

As of May 6, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reports 75,522 registered patients in the state — around three times the figure from a year ago.

I wonder what that number will look like a year from now?