GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A second medical marijuana provisioning center is now open in Grand Rapids.
Pharmhouse Wellness opened Thursday, March 19, at 831 Wealthy St. SW. Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
“It’s just a dream to do this in Grand Rapids,” said store manager Chris Silva.
Among other items, the store is stocked with marijuana flower, edibles, vape pens, topicals and what Silva said is the best selection of RSO, a concentrated cannabis oil.
Before it was a provisioning center, the 831 Wealthy building was an old home. Silva said the grand opening Thursday was somewhat subdued because of ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Because of the pandemic, the store is taking some precautions. Until further notice, they’re allowing only two patients into the salesroom and one other patient in the waiting room.
Patients can also order online on Weedmaps and then pick it up and pay from their vehicle outside the store. Michigan is temporarily allowing the curbside pickup of recreational and medical marijuana to help limit the spread of coronavirus.
“We want people to know that we’re taking COVID-19 really seriously,” Silva said.
The store is owned by Grand Rapids resident Casey Kornoelje. Silva said Kornoelje has been a medical marijuana caregiver since 2009 or so, around when Michigan first began allowing them.
The store opening comes as there are continued conversations at the city about how to get more Grand Rapids residents and diversity into the industry.
Those conversations resulted in city leaders delaying the acceptance of recreational marijuana business applications until fall 2020.
“Especially with everything going on at the city, I think it’s good to see a local make it,” Silva said.
Silva said Pharmhouse Wellness will transition into recreational sales as soon as the city allows.
Fluresh Provisioning Center, the first medical marijuana provisioning center in the city, opened on Feb. 7 at 1213 Phillips Ave.
According to state records as of March 20, no other businesses have yet obtained a state license to sell medical marijuana in the city.