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Sault Tribe to open cannabis retail store

Partnership with Michigan-based cannabis company will see five additional stores in Sault Tribe territory by 2022
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The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Co. have been awarded a retail licence for a cannabis store on tribal land in Sault Michigan.    

According to a news release issued by Sault Tribe Friday, Lume Cannabis Co. plans to establish five additional cannabis retail stores in Sault Tribe territory by 2022.   

“We are honored to work with the top cannabis operator in Michigan to bring high-quality cannabis products to medical patients and adult-use consumers who live in or visit Sault Ste. Marie and the Eastern Upper Peninsula area,” said Sault Tribe Economic Development Executive Director Joel Schultz in a news release. “The Sault Tribe is working progressively to diversify economic development to enhance revenues to expand services to Sault Tribe Members. Lume has the expertise, passion, values and philosophy that make them the ideal company to work with to bring recreational cannabis to Sault Ste. Marie.”

According to Sault Tribe, Lume Cannabis Co. carries more than 20 strains of flower, along with pre-rolls, edibles and a new line of CBD products, at its retail stores and in an online capacity. 

All cannabis flower distributed by the company is grown in a facility in Evart, Mich. 

“Providing Michiganders with safe cannabis products is our top priority - which is why we grow all our products without harmful chemicals and subject them to the most rigorous testing in the industry,” said Lume Cannabis Co. President and COO Doug Hellyar via news release. “Our newest partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will take our operations to the next level and establish us as the state’s go-to source for all things cannabis, including our commitment to educating our customers and making it as convenient as possible for them to access the best, safest products to meet their individual needs.”

Lume Cannabis Co. currently operates 10 cannabis stores in Michigan, with plans to expand to another eight locations within the state in the future.

In 2018, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. decided against opening cannabis retail stores within the city.