New marijuana grow facility that bills itself as Michigan's first fully Black-owned breaks ground 

click to enlarge The Michigan Agricultural Services, LLC (MAS) broke ground on Friday. - COURTESY PHOTO
  • Courtesy photo
  • The Michigan Agricultural Services, LLC (MAS) broke ground on Friday.

A new marijuana grow operation that broke ground in Inkster on Friday claims to be Michigan's first to be fully Black-owned.

The 25,500 square foot facility is owned by Michigan Agricultural Services, LLC (MAS), which was founded by Detroit natives Mark Stockdale and Sahir Al-Salam. It will include a high-tech indoor commercial cannabis grow and processing facility.



"We believe that in order for the cannabis industry to survive it has to be diversified," Stockdale said in a statement. "It's time for everybody to grow economically, and cannabis is a pathway for us to build wealth and invest in our communities."

While Michigan's marijuana industry is booming, posting record sales last month, a study from the state's Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) found that Black people are being left out. Black people make up 13.7% of the state’s population, but the MRA found only 3.8% of Michigan residents with an ownership interest in licensed recreational marijuana businesses are Black. Nearly 80% of the people interested in ownership were white.

"We have the opportunity to help create jobs and partnerships for our communities to thrive in this industry," Salam said. "Let’s work together and build something great."

MAS has partnered with Isle Verde Staffing to host a job search on June 1 for residents interested in growing or working on the construction build-out. More information is available at islaverdestaffing.com.

Stay connected with Detroit Metro Times. Subscribe to our newsletters, and follow us on Google News, Apple News, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Reddit.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation