Medical marijuana company to hire 170 in Lansing region, official says

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WINDSOR TWP. — A medical marijuana company that received licensing approval Thursday from the state has plans to hire up to 170 people in the Lansing region for a variety of positions. 

Green Peak Innovations is eager to fill the jobs quickly so it can start growing, processing and transporting marijuana in and from a new Windsor Township facility by the end of this year, said Jeff Radway, its CEO. 

“We’re tremendously excited,” said Radway, who declined to reveal names of the investors he’s working with. “We’re starting our hiring efforts immediately.”

The company has investors from the Lansing area, Radway said, and has secured 25 acres of land in the township within Harvest Park, a 131-acre medical marijuana business park. 

On its website, Harvest Park is described as the largest medical marijuana business park east of the Mississippi. 

Harvest Park is located at Creyts and Lansing roads in the township, east of General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant. Its website indicated late Friday afternoon that six of 17 lots were sold and two others had sales pending. 

A group of private investors purchased the land for Harvest Park from Windsor Township last year for $2.4 million, according to county tax records.

Green Peak Innovations on Thursday received pre-qualification for several commercial medical marijuana licenses from a state licensing board. 

The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday the company has plans for 12 large grow facilities, one processor and 19 dispensaries (also known as provisioning centers) in Michigan. 

In addition to the creation of up to 170 jobs in the Lansing region, Green Peak Innovations expects to quickly fill up to 40 other positions throughout the state, wrote Colleen Robar, a company spokesperson, in an email sent Friday to the State Journal. 

Green Peak’s website, greenpeakinnovations.com, currently accepts applications and resumes for these positions:

  • director of wholesale sales
  • administrative assistant/office manager
  • quality control/compliance team member
  • cultivation team 
  • post harvest team

For more information, email info@gpimichigan.com. 

In addition to its Harvest Park project, Green Peak Innovations has plans to pursue construction of a research and development facility in Lansing on Jolly Road, Radway said. 

“We’re fully prepared to meet the state’s requirements, but in most cases exceed the state’s requirements,” Radway said Friday of the company’s business practices.

Radway grew up in East Lansing, lives in Williamston, and bought an existing building at 1669 E. Jolly in April for $659,000, according to city property records. 

Green Peak Industries LLC, operating as Saint Jade LLC, has applied with the city of Lansing for medical marijuana grower facility licenses at that location, according to a list of applications posted on the city’s website. 

Robar, the company spokesperson, wrote in a text message that Radway would lease the Jolly Road property to Green Peak Innovations if Saint Jade LLC is granted city grower licenses. 

To operate a marijuana establishment in Michigan, applicants for commercial marijuana licenses need approval from the municipality where the business is located and the state. 

Green Peak Innovations already has been approved by Windsor Township for a special land use permit for its Harvest Park facility that’s currently under construction, Robar said. 

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An applicant that receives pre-approval by the state for a marijuana license, like Green Peak Innovations, still has to receive final approval by the state of its business plan. 

The approval process requires state officials to inspect and evaluate any property constructed by the applicant for proposed commercial medical marijuana use. 

Marcus Braman, township supervisor, said Friday he’s been impressed with Green Peak Innovations and Harvest Park investors because they’ve lived up to their promises. 

“These guys have been as professional, if not more professional, than any other businesses I’ve dealt with in my life,” Braman said. 

The township is a 35-square-mile area south of Delta Township and the I-69/I-96 interchange in Eaton County. It has about 7,000 residents and is known for its manufacturing base, but doesn’t have experience in the medical marijuana industry. 

The Township Planning Commission has reviewed and approved several special land use permits for Harvest Park businesses this year and is expected to consider more this summer. 

Eric Lacy is a reporter for the Lansing State Journal. Contact him at 517-377-1206 or elacy@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @EricLacy.

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