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PETOSKEY — Petoskey’s medical marijuana ordinance allows for three marijuana facilities within city limits, but, for now, only one is able to move forward in requesting the special condition use permit from the planning commission it would need to set up shop.

Ocean Capital LLC, based in Orchard Lake, was chosen last month as the first of 17 applicants which will be eligible to open up a dispensary in the city. The site is planned for 115 W. Mitchell St., and will have to obtain a special condition permit from the planning commission before it can set up shop. That will require a full site plan, public hearing and minimum of two planning commission meetings.

Businesses by the names of Larren Investments LLC, and Leoni Wellness LLC, got the next two spots on the list, as determined by city lottery, and would otherwise be the next businesses eligible to open up a dispensary, but, because of their proximity to the other sites, they will only be considered if Ocean Capital’s proposal falls through.

“City staff reviewed the order of the applications, and due to the proximity of the locations, only the first applicant (Ocean Capital LLC) is eligible to proceed to the planning commission at this time,” according to information on the city’s website. “Additional applicants will be determined following the outcome of Ocean Capital’s application to the Planning Commission for a special condition use.”

In fact, most of the applicants who are vying for marijuana establishments in the city are proposing sites within the Mitchell Street corridor.

According to state corporate filings, Ocean Capital is based in downstate Orchard Lake, with a registered agent by the name of Ricky Manjo, and Peter Tangalos is named in the articles of organization.

Larren Investments is slated for 319 W. Mitchell St. The address given for the business is in Troy, and the resident agent is Mike Bahoura.

Leoni Wellness’s site is slated for 212 W. Mitchell St. State records give a Howell address for the business’s resident agent and Denise Pollicella is named in the organizing documents.

In many cases, the names and addresses listed on the files from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are the lawyers or consultants representing the business, rather than the business owners themselves.

The rest of the applicants are ranked as follows:

  • PGSH Holdings, proposed for 112 W. Mitchell St.
  • Arbor Farms, proposed for 314 W. Mitchell St.
  • Northern Lights Supply, proposed for 311 W. Mitchell St.
  • Ocean Capital, proposed for 301 W. Mitchell St.
  • Oak Flint, proposed for 315 W. Mitchell St.
  • Acme Alternative Health, proposed for 1111 Charlevoix Ave.
  • Detroit Gross Provisioning Center, doing business as “The Woods,” proposed for 1110 Charlevoix Ave., Unit 2
  • Herb Wealth, proposed for 322 W. Mitchell St.
  • Lake Effect Group, proposed for 910 Spring St.
  • PGSH Holdings, proposed for 109 W. Mitchell St.
  • Detroit Gross Provisioning Center, doing business as “The Woods,” proposed for 1110 Charlevoix Ave., Unit 3
  • First Property Holdings, proposed for 403 W. Mitchell St.
  • Baldwin Investment Group, 1301 Spring St.
  • Lake Effect Group, proposed for 112 W. Mitchell St.

According to the city’s marijuana ordinance language, the city would allow medical marijuana facilities as a special condition use in the B-3 General Business District, B-3B Business Industrial and Planned Unit Development (PUD) districts with a 1,000-foot buffer from K-12 public and private schools, and with a 500-foot minimum distance between facilities.

That would leave seven specific perimeters open for facilities — primarily along the U.S. 31 and U.S. 131 corridors.

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