Hobby Lobby Seeks To Block Michigan Weed Shop

The Escanaba Daily Press reports:

The Escanaba City Council met with the Escanaba Planning Commission earlier this week to hash out the future of commercial marijuana, but it is still unclear what changes, if any, will be made to the city’s marijuana rules.

The majority of the push back came after a letter to the editor from county commissioner and Escanaba resident Dave Moyle was published in the Daily Press. The letter referenced a planned dispensary that was slated to be located in the former Hudson’s restaurant and threats from Hobby Lobby, located in the mall near the restaurant, to leave the city if the project moves forward.

The condition of permit was the developer acquiring an easement from the mall for an entrance, and Dial, which owns the mall, has indicated it will not grant the easement due to Hobby Lobby’s objections.

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According to the report, “concerned citizens” have flooded the city’s zoning office with complaints, “hampering their ability to conduct routine business.” Surely Hobby Lobby has nothing to do with that.

The Jesus-based chain’s lease with mall stipulates that “head shops” and similar businesses may not operate within the mall, but the weed shop is on a separate neighboring parcel not owned by the mall, which also features a storefront church.

Escanaba, population 12,000, is located near the shore of Lake Michigan in the state’s Upper Peninsula.