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Lowell marijuana store to open in February

A recreational marijuana store called “Meds Café” is currently under construction in the old Family Video store at 1965 W. Main. It will be the first recreational marijuana store in Kent County.
Michael Atkins, Ada resident and co-owner of the company, said they plan to open their doors in early February, perhaps with a little bit of hoopla if they're allowed to.
“We are aiming for the beginning of February for our opening,” Atkins said. “Weather and local approval permitting, we hope to have some vendors and tents displayed on the premises.”
Meds Café will stock just about every type of marijuana-derived product that exits on the market today.
“We plan to stock our shelves with high quality, lab-tested cannabis flower, edibles and extracts, including various forms of oils, waxes, live resins and vape products,” Atkins said.
Toward the end of its existence, the Family Video store sold many different types of CBD products, which are made from a non-intoxicating type of marijuana and used to treat physical pain, migraines, epilepsy, anxiety and insomnia. The most common use for CBD is to treat seizures, particularly in children.
“We will offer a variety of CBD products including bath bombs, gel capsules and drops, disposable pens, anti-aging creams, body butter, oil sprays and even pet treats,” Atkins said.
According to their website, Med Café's prices for regular, old-fashioned marijuana, what today's aficionados call "flower," range from $14 a gram for a type named "Goo Berry" to $50 a gram for the "Sherbet" strain. One gram is equivalent to 0.0357 of an ounce. Those prices are for their Rogers City location, the prices at the Lowell store may differ.
During the debate about recreational marijuana, one of the most frequent concerns from local residents was security. Atkins said the new state laws require stringent security measures.
“The State of Michigan's marijuana business laws do require extensive camera security throughout the interior and exterior of the facility,” Atkins said. “The windows will be heavily reinforced. We will have bank level security [with] 24 hour surveillance and security staff on site.”
Although Atkins and his family originally hail from Rogers City, a small town about 40 miles northwest of Alpena, they moved to Ada in order to properly run the store, and they plan to hire local workers.
“My wife and I started a family recently in the neighboring town of Ada and plan on sending our kids to Lowell schools,” Atkins said. “We would like to support the local area that we live in. Our hometown of Rogers City is where we opened our first provisioning center and [we] have been fortunate enough to do great things for that community such as charity events, providing school supplies and playground equipment. We look forward to doing similar things in this community, and creating local jobs. Our general managers, Kyle Miller and Casey Cole, are both from neighboring Ionia. Many of our applicants have come from the Lowell area and various areas throughout Kent County. We chose the former Family Video store because of its prime location on M-21.”
For more information about the company, visit, send a message to or call 989-734-3114.


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