6 family-owned dispensaries in Michigan and the real stories behind … – The ‘Gander

Few things feel better as a Michigander than spending your dollar at a local store where the owners have put their heart and soul into something special. The same goes for Michigan’s cannabis dispensaries.

MICHIGAN—They may look like ordinary dispensaries from the outside, but behind their walls—and even further, behind the people whose visions took off—are stories of finding hope, connection, and service through their cannabis businesses.

We’re spotlighting six Michigan dispensaries where the stories of inspiration and creativity truly tug at our heartstrings. They are business people with purpose and the kind of passion we love to support.

10147 N Loomis Rd, Clare, MI 48617

One major reason to support family-owned dispensaries is the integrity behind their practices. That’s what you’ll find at The Hempire Collective, whose work is driven by a deeply personal story of seeing firsthand how cannabis could help those suffering from both physical and mental illnesses:

“In 2014, our beloved brother and son, Tai, left the U.S. Army after 10 years of service, and was diagnosed later that year with a rare form of stage 4 kidney cancer,” they share on their website. “After seeing how cannabis helped to alleviate Tai’s pain due to his

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