Michigan has been adding new cannabis medical and recreational retail locations at a fast clip, by issuing Stage Two licenses at an average of about 33 locations a month. However, unlike many other cannabis-legal states, Michigan’s industry is mostly homegrown, with few multi-state operators. To better understand the state of the industry, Grown In created an interactive map of medical and recreational cannabis retail locations and their owners, licensed during 2019 and 2020, the period during which public records have been released by the MRA.
Since October 2019 The Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency has regularly published lists of approved licensees and their owners, a much more transparent system than most states. However, much of the data is reported on PDFs, and maps of locations published by the state leave out ownership information. To report this story, Grown In pulled location and ownership data from the MRA’s reports, and put it in a digital format.
You can download Grown In’s datafile here using the information we gathered.
The ownership structures of many cannabis retail locations are complicated, often with nested, multiple LLCs, or individual owners that own multiple locations under different company names. Here we dove into the data to learn more about the state of the market. All of our data is as of June 30, 2020, the latest the MRA has published.
Some of the things we learned from the licenses issued since October 2019:
- 287 licenses were issued for medical cannabis provisioning centers, Michigan’s official name for retail cannabis locations, under 163 business names.
- 111 recreational cannabis retail locations were licensed, under 92 business names.
The biggest owners of locations include:
- Victor and Sahira Kattoula, who own 10 medical provisioning centers and 3 recreational retail locations. They use many different business names, such as Green Skies, 3Fifteen, Green Roots, and others.
- Steven Weisman and Mitchell Kahn, who own 7 medical provisioning centers under the company name Herbology. They are the founders and operators of Chicago-based Grassroots Cannabis. Mitchell’s wife Lori also owns three recreational Herbology retail locations with Steven Weisman.
- Jeffrey Radler leads a group that owns 7 medical provisioning centers under the name Greak Peak Industries and Skymint.
- Steven and Jared Rapp own 5 medical provisioning centers under the “Old South” name and others. Two of those locations are also recreational retail locations.
- Lume Holding Company, led by Douglas Hellyar, owns 8 medical provisioning centers and 8 recreational retail locations.