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Pot industry plants roots in Webberville 

State licensed pot grow tied to former Detroit Lions players 

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THURSDAY, May 23 — A medical marijuana growing facility with ties to former Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson and Rob Sims was recently licensed to grow up to 1,500 plants just outside the village of Webberville. 

State regulators issued a medical marijuana growing license last week to Weinberg Family Enterprises LLC. for a 1,500-plant, Class-C facility at 1230 Mason Court, just off I-96 within Webberville’s industrial park. Ingham County records show the parcel was purchased in 2017 by the limited liability company — which lists Sims as its registered agent. 

Mark Marion, a company representative who met a City Pulse reporter outside of the building Thursday, confirmed that he and Johnson also have investments in the growing operation. Messages left for Sims and Johnson were not returned. Joshua Weinberg, the applicant listed in state records, couldn’t be reached. 

Sims and Johnson have jointly applied for licenses before but were rejected by the state’s licensing board. Webberville officials confirmed the facility was recently approved for local licensure and a special land use permit. 

“It’s been a long time coming,” Marion said. “We’re all really excited about this.” 

Marion said the Webberville facility is the first of five for which Johnson and Sims are seeking licenses. It is the fourth medical growing facility to receive a license in Ingham County; the other three are in Lansing. 

Jartnick Consulting LLC. has a Class-A license for a growing facility for 500 plants on Gier Street in Lansing. SJS II LLC (or “Insano Farms,” as listed in records from the city of Lansing) can grow up to 1,000 plants at a building on Spikes Lane with a Class B license.  Green Peak Innovations can grow up to 1,500 plants at its Class-C facility on Jolly Road. 

Green Peak Innovations also has a 1,500, Class-C facility in Dimondale. The next nearest growing facilities are miles away in Jackson, Chesaning and Hastings. Sixty-seven have been licensed statewide for continued operations. 

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