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Posted on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 : 12:15 p.m.

Beal Properties attracts medical marijuana grower for Detroit complex

By Nathan Bomey

Ann Arbor-based real estate management firm Beal Properties is poised to sign an agreement with a tenant who will launch a 3,420-square-foot medical marijuana facility at the Beal Building in downtown Detroit.

Beal Properties founder Stewart Beal said the tenant has signed a letter of intent to lease the second floor of the building for five years. Beal Properties last year acquired the $3.5 million, eight-story, 103-year-old building at 277 Gratiot in Detroit.

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Stewart Beal

“It is going to be operated by an attorney that will use the space for a medical marijuana facility and his legal office,” Beal said in an e-mail.

The tentative deal would add to the state’s steadily rising base of caregivers who are growing marijuana for medical use.

Michigan voters in November 2008 legalized marijuana for certain medical uses. As of Nov. 30, the state had registered 2,440 caregivers, who are allowed to grow marijuana and give it to patients. The caregivers can sell their medical services but not sell the marijuana, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

In Michigan, 5,873 patients are registered to use medical marijuana.

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David Briegel

Tue, Dec 22, 2009 : 7:40 p.m.

The sane, rational and civilized citizens of our great state approved the medicinal use of this "wonder drug" to help those afflicted with MS, cancer, etc, and who may be undergoing chemo and radiation to help their condition. Please do not mock those who wish to provide relief to those among us who are suffering. We need to cease behaving like juvenile delinquents. NOW! All the swat teams in the world and law enforcement in general will not do anything to stop the use of substances that help real, live human beings! We all ought to care about our fellow citizens!


Tue, Dec 22, 2009 : 2:17 p.m.

All of the above I would hope... heh


Tue, Dec 22, 2009 : 1:57 p.m.

What does this mean? Are they growing marijuana there? Distributing it to patients? Handing out glossy brochures? Just giving patients a place to chill out with Pink Floyd and black lights?