A combination doughnut and sandwich shop will soon become a medical marijuana provisioning center.

A combination doughnut and sandwich shop will soon become a medical marijuana provisioning center.

Photo by Kayla Dimick

Medical marijuana provisioning center slated for doughnut shop

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 28, 2020


SOUTHFIELD — A third medical marijuana provisioning center is coming to Southfield.

At a July 20 meeting held via teleconference, the Southfield City Council unanimously approved a proposal to convert an existing doughnut shop into a medical marijuana provisioning center.

The shop, located at 26760 Lahser Road, is a combination Subway sandwich shop and doughnut shop on the east side of Lahser, between I-696 and the Lodge.

The proposal was from Lume Cannabis Co. on behalf of the owner of the building, NDS Real Estate LLC.

John Abbo, corporate counsel for Lume, said the company has 10 locations throughout Michigan, with the nearest being in Walled Lake.

Abbo said each operation usually employs about 10 to 12 people.

“We’ve identified this location on Lahser Road as one of our next projects and would like to move forward on this here, hopefully, very soon,” he said.

Abbo said the company plans to strictly adhere to the city’s ordinances, and already has a safety plan that has been sent to the Southfield Police Department.

“We followed all specific security requirements set forth by the city of Southfield, and we will also be contracting with a third-party company to man the door, if you will,” Abbo said.

The Southfield provisioning center, Abbo said, will look similar to Lume’s other Michigan locations and will be equipped with a drive-up area.

“We have processes in place that make it efficient as far as the atmosphere that we’re in and in response to COVID,” Abbo said. “That’s one of the reasons why you see the carport, to kind of fast track curbside sales, which is allowed under the regulations.”

City Planner Terry Croad said that traffic entering and exiting the business will be limited.

“If you’ll note the northernmost ingress and egress from Lahser Road has been removed and landscaping has been added,” Croad said. “There’s a diverter on the southern driveway that only allows right hand turns northbound on Lahser Road.”

During a July 13 committee of the whole meeting, the council held a special use review on the item.

According to minutes from the meeting, Council President Pro Tem Tawnya Morris asked if there was any language in the city’s ordinance about limiting the number of provisioning centers within the city.

Croad said during the meeting, according to the minutes, that for provisioning centers, the city estimated there could be up to six within city limits, and this marks the third.