First sales of recreational marijuana in Grand Rapids happening this week
Outside of Fluresh at 1213 Phillips Ave. SW, in Grand Rapids. The former medical marijuana provisioning center will start selling recreational marijuana Friday, Oct. 23. (Courtesy | Fluresh)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The wait is over: Grand Rapids residents can purchase recreational marijuana in the city starting this week.
Fluresh, located at 1213 Phillips Ave. SW, will become the first dispensary in Grand Rapids to sell recreational marijuana on Friday, Oct. 23.
At this time, only medical marijuana patients are allowed to shop inside the dispensary because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Recreational customers must purchase marijuana products online and obtain it via curbside pick-up or delivery.
Fluresh officials do not have a specific timeframe for allowing recreational customers to shop indoors but said they’re looking forward to it “in the near future.”
The start of recreational marijuana sales by Fluresh marks a second “first” for the company. In February, the retailer opened as the city’s first medical marijuana provisioning center.
“This is a milestone moment not only for Grand Rapids but for all who have pioneered Michigan’s cannabis legalization movement,” Tom Benson, CEO of Fluresh, said in a statement. “Fluresh is honored to be the first retailer to provide residents of this great community and surrounding area with access to high-quality cannabis products.”
Fluresh is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Customers can place orders online at Fluresh.com/shop for curbside pick-up or delivery. Orders are taken up to 30 minutes before close.
Delivery is available every day between noon and 6 p.m.
Fluresh will offer recreational marijuana products like cannabis flower, edibles and extracts. Medical marijuana products will continue to be sold as well.
All Fluresh-branded cannabis products will be 20 percent off for new customers if they enroll in the company’s rewards program on their first order.
“Our experienced team at Fluresh takes great pride in the special care we have taken to assure that all customers and patients, regardless of their varying needs, have a broad selection of cannabis products in diverse formats, strains and effects,” Nic Hernandez, manager of Fluresh’s retail store, said in a statement. “No matter if you are a recreational customer or a medical patient, a first-timer or an experienced cannabis enthusiast, Fluresh is here to help improve your well-being.”
Fluresh has a medical and recreational marijuana grow operation in Adrian that can grow up to 11,500 plants. The company in July also opened a grow operation adjacent to its provisioning center in Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids operation is expected to have more than 100 workers and produce roughly 40,000 to 48,000 pounds of recreational and medical marijuana a year when at full capacity.
Fluresh officials previously told MLive they want the company to be known for having high-quality marijuana.
The company has partnered with the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild and LINC UP, a nonprofit community development organization, to hire diverse employees. The company is specifically working to source workers from the 49507 ZIP code, which includes the dispensary and a good portion of the city’s Southeast Side.
The dispensary at 1213 Phillips Ave. SW also serves as the company’s headquarters.
Fluresh is one of 10 medical marijuana provisioning centers in the city that have applied to sell recreational marijuana. The first dispensary in Kent County opened in March in Lowell.
First sales of recreational marijuana in Grand Rapids happening this week Outside of Fluresh at 1213 Phillips Ave. SW, in Grand Rapids. The former medical marijuana provisioning center will start