Lume Cannabis Company has been awarded an adult-use cannabis license for the tribal lands of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Chippewa County, Michigan. The deal allows Lume to open a retail dispensary this year with up to five more through 2022.
Joel Schultz, Sault Tribe economic development executive director, said the tribe is “honored” to work with Lume, which is the largest vertically-integrated cannabis company in Michigan, calling it “a big moment” for the tribe.
“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.” – Schultz in a statement
Lume President and COO Doug Hellyar said the deal will take the company’s operations “to the next level.”
“We are excited about our partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and pleased to announce we’ve received an adult-use marijuana retail license to open our newest Lume location,” he said in a statement. “We look forward to introducing our high-quality cannabis products to adult-use customers and medical patients age 21 and up with a valid medical card in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding communities.”
Lume currently has 10 locations throughout Michigan. It’s cultivation and production facility is in Evart. The tribe is the largest east of the Mississippi.
According to a High Times report, Lume also has a partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians for retail shops in Petoskey and Mackinaw City. Mackinaw City does not allow retail cannabis sales but has no control over tribal lands.