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Posted on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Ann Arbor medical marijuana dispensary co-owner seeks to open growth facility in Ypsilanti

By Katrease Stafford


The facility would be located at 834 Railroad St.

Courtesy City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti could have another marijuana growth facility after the co-owner of Ann Arbor's People's Choice Alternative Medicine dispensary submitted a site plan to the city's planning commission.

However, planning department staff members have reviewed the site plan and special use review and are recommending to the commission that the application be tabled to a later date because of landscaping issues.

"The planning commission can either take my recommendation or choose to do something different," said City Planner Bonnie Wessler. "The applicant can come back with a revised landscape plan and go back before the commission in January or February."

Daryl Mynes applied in November to open the facility at 834 Railroad St. He could not be reached for comment.

Mynes is proposing to occupy one “bay” of a three-bay industrial building, which currently houses other businesses. Mynes would be leasing a portion of the 0.9 acre property.

According to city records, the building is owned by Nabil Salamey. The property is valued at $77,400, with a market value nearly double that.

Wessler said the site plan and special use approval would only be part of a larger process Mynes must go through to open a growth facility.

Wessler said Mynes has to obtain a medical marijuana license and has to acquire that before he opens the facility.

If Mynes' facility were to open, it would be the second in the city. Green Vitality Remedies, at 576 S. Mansfield, recently was approved in July by the commission to expand into a previously unused portion of the building. Green's initial special use permit and site plan approval were granted in August of 2011. Green added 3,600 square feet to its facility.

The planning commission will review the site plan Wednesday at its 7 p.m. meeting.

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Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 5 a.m.

Good luck with that location.

Nicholas Urfe

Thu, Dec 13, 2012 : 1:08 a.m.

Ypsi should just turn that whole river fiasco into a big pot grow operation. At least they'd make some money and it'd be better than dollar stores and pawn shops.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

"landscaping issues"??? oh ok.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:49 p.m.

So the building and address have been posted for where this guy will be growing copious amounts of marijuana? We shall see how long it is before he is robbed/raided...

Angry Moderate

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

I imagine that he'll have a security system, just like every CVS that stocks alcohol, tobacco, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Adderall, and Xanax.

Katrease Stafford

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:06 p.m.

Some more information that might be useful for this discussion: City staff informed me that there are currently six medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:53 p.m.

6?? oh wow that's allot.. how many establishments that sell alcohol?? liquor stores, bars, gas stations that sell alcohol, super markets that sell alcohol..etc, you get my drift??


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:39 p.m.

So the man already has a distribution dispensary in operation in Ann Arbor, but now he need a different medical marijuana license for a grow facility in Ypsilanti? How many kinds of licenses are there? Pay attention, kids. This quaint rigamarole will make your grandchildren think you're lying about the old days.

Dog Guy

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

We have long welcomed the pharmaceutical industry in Washtenaw County. This growth industry in service to afflicted medistoners, mediheads, meditokers, and medifiends will spark parallel growth in local snackfood production and distribution. Locovores and locofreaks may rejoice in a renewed Michigan economy. Right-to-work works.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

I sure hope they have a good security system in place. That area near Leforge and W. Clark is rife with burglaries and other crimes.

Real Life

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

Science is finally catching up to the marijuana scam. THC is oil-soluble and is retained in the fatty tissue of the brain. Over time, stoners run a strong risk of psychosis and other mental disorders. This stuff is NOT like alcohol, and more dangerous than previously thought. Too many are being taken in by the propaganda.


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

You must be a tea party republican. What would you know about science...legitimate rape anyone?


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

Actually facts are catching up to your junk science. Cause of death (Data from 2009 unless otherwise noted) All Causes 2,437,163 Diseases of Heart 599,413 Malignant Neoplasms 567,628 Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases 137,353 Cerebrovascular Diseases 128,842 Lack of Health Insurance3 (2005) 44,789 Poisoning 41,592 Drug-Induced2 39,147 Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide) 36,909 Septicemia 35,639 Motor Vehicle Accidents 34,485 Firearm Injuries 31,347 Alcohol-Induced 24,518 Illicit Drugs (2000) 17,0004 Homicide 16,799 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 9,406 Viral hepatitis 7,694 Cannabis (Marijuana) 0 This is from the CDC. you can lie about psychosis all you want, but over 24k people are dead DIRECTLY because of alcohol use. It is FAR safer than alcohol based on science. Of course, NOTHING is without risk. Aspirin, caffeine and eating fatty foods cause death, but nobody has ever banned them, then lied to the public about their effects.

Robert Granville

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

I heard it makes you play the piano like a frenzied madman too! Real Life.... ha! Not where you're living.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:33 p.m.

p.s. If I do recall...Michigan Man you work for the pharmaceutical business correct?


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:32 p.m.

hahahahhahahahahahhh psychosis? hahahhahahhaaa

Blue Marker

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

Have another beer and lecture us all on the dangers we should avoid. I love the irony.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:33 p.m.

Source? # of deaths from THC in the last, let us say, 50 years? # of vehicular accidents caused by THC annually? # of long term users that are getting medical treatment for psychosis? Actually it is voters that are catching up to the MJ scam. A Scam that has incarcerated far too many Americans and helped create a narco-terrorism nightmare in multiple countries.

music to my ear

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

but if a card holder uses the hooch, because of say they are dying from cancer or another ailment that will evidently take their life it will serve its purpose. stoners need not apply (but we know they will )

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

It's called FREEDOM... try it sometime

Michigan Man

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

Thank you real life for your straight talking! Keeping it real - Real life. What a future mess this entire matter will bring the nation. History will look back upon our generation as morons. I am with yoj on this one.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : noon

Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized Ms. Jane. 15 more states and D.C. have become medical use zones. Maybe it is time for Boehner and Obama to sit down with a bong full in the Oval Office and solve this Federal debt crises once and for all. Throw in a tax on the new legalized coca industry and Michigan workers will be pushing a budget surplus in no time.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

Definitely needed with more than 100,000 medical marijuana cardholders in MI. What a farce. Obviously, most of those cardholders are just recreational users who found a way to game the system.


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:51 p.m.

either game the system or found a way to NOT get arrested for weed...ever thought of that??


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

Well, it is generating quite a bit a lot of revenue for the state and for city, as well as helping people who are genuinely ill without all the very nasty side effects of prescription pain meds. So, what is the problem?

Angry Moderate

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 4:47 p.m.

And all the prescriptions for anti-depressants and painkillers made by pharmaceutical companies are strictly necessary, right?

Robert Granville

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:44 p.m.

If I take an aspirin for fun, it still relieves my headache.

Blue Marker

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

How would you know?


Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Is that why the world is ending?

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.