PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. — A local Baldwin area business is applying with the state to become licensed as a medical marijuana provisioning center.

During the Lake County Democratic Party meeting last Thursday, Steve and Audrey Dominique, owners of Pure Michigan Solutions, discussed their plans to add a medical marijuana provisioning center to their business which sells tobacco products, candles, t-shirts and more.

The tobacco store, which is in the front of the building, will be moved to the back and the provisioning center will be placed in the front, Audrey said.

“We have been working on having a provisioning center for a few years, and we have been approved by Pleasant Plains Township to operate the center,” she said. “We are currently remodeling the store.”

They would have to pay $62,000 each year to renew their license. They anticipate getting the license approved by the state in about four months.

To purchase medical marijuana through the store, the customer would need to have a card through a doctor.

Audrey said they had a provisioning center when she and her husband moved to the area about eight years ago, but it was shut down right away.

“There was no law saying dispensaries were legal. We complied with the laws. This has been a really hard road. We are very excited about this,” she said.

Steve said they will be looking to hire about eight people for the center, providing full-time work with decent pay.

“Along with the jobs provided, the sheriff’s office and township will each get one percent of revenue,” he said. “The business will be very professional and overlooked by the state.”

Sheriff Rich Martin, who was present at the meeting, expects the business to draw customers from other counties.

“We are surrounded by conservative counties. There will be an increase in commerce alone, because you will have people coming from about a 60-mile radius.”

Lake County Democratic Party Chair Mary Minnick, said the provisioning center is a positive move.