Marijuana retail store in Baldwin nearing completion

Medical and recreational use products to be sold

Due to construction delays, the Fresh Water Cannabis Company marijuana retail store in Baldwin has had to push back their completion date. The facility is now nearing completion and plans are to open by the end of the month. (Star file photo)

Due to construction delays, the Fresh Water Cannabis Company marijuana retail store in Baldwin has had to push back their completion date. The facility is now nearing completion and plans are to open by the end of the month. (Star file photo)

PLEASANT PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Fresh Water Cannabis Company, a marijuana provisioning center being constructed in Pleasant Palins Township, is nearing completion.

Spokesperson Jennifer Jones said they are finishing up construction on the facility and hope to be open by the end of the month.

“We are expecting to have our inspection in the next couple of weeks, and will open shortly after that,” Jones said.

Marketing representative Richard Hogg told the Star that they hope to be able to open by the end of this month but have faced construction delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We hope to be open by the end of the month, but with our construction complications, it is difficult to set an exact date,” Hogg said. “When we are able to open, we plan to have a grand opening event, with various sales promotions. As we get closer to the day, we will have more information.”

Care By Design, Inc., the parent company, received approval from the Pleasant Plains township board of trustees for a medical marijuana provisioning center during the September 2020 meeting.

In February, the board of trustees approved a special use permit for the company to include recreational marijuana products at the retail location.

“The special land use permit was to dispense recreational marijuana at the same location they are going to be dispensing medical marijuana,” Township supervisor Kevin Braddy said. “They could not get both the recreational and the medical dispensary approved together because they did not have state approval of their recreational dispensary license.”

Jones added that now that they have received approval from the township, they are awaiting approval of their recreational licensing from the state.

“Now that delays have pushed us back into March, we will actually be applying for our recreational license at the same time as our medical license from the state,” Hogg said. “Approval will hopefully only take a few days.”

In October 2020, the township board approved a special land use permit for a Class A grow facility to be located on the same site as the provisioning center, as well.

Annette Campo, president of Care By Design, Inc., said during the meeting that they have 23 acres that they are planning on developing. The proposed grow facility will be around 4800 square feet and will be all enclosed.

“With our grow operation, we don’t have an exact timeline, yet,” Hogg said. “We are moving forward with this as planned and hope to begin construction this year.”

Hogg said that the goal is to be a complete, vertically integrated cannabis company that provides the best quality service and products to the community.

The provisioning center and the grow facility together are expected to bring around 25 jobs to the area.