Cannabis dispensary made out of shipping containers opens in Michigan

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click to enlarge The Grassy Knoll dispensary in Muskegon is made out of repurposed shipping containers. - Courtesy photo
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The Grassy Knoll dispensary in Muskegon is made out of repurposed shipping containers.

A new dispensary in Muskegon claims to be the first in Michigan to be made from repurposed shipping containers.

Named Grassy Knoll, the dispensary will have a grand opening from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Co-owner Janet Tombre says they chose to build it out of shipping containers because her stepson's construction company specializes in using repurposed shipping containers for construction.

"We had always kind of talked about that, so it was kind of a family deal," she says. "Plus, we'd like how they looked, and they're made out of steel, and we just kind of want that wanted that modern vibe as well."

Tombre says the company started with a CBD boutique in Grand Rapids and soon decided to apply for licenses to sell recreational and medical marijuana.

She says the company wound up moving to Muskegon Heights due to what she describes as easier to navigate cannabis laws there.

Regarding the name, Tombre admits she doesn't quite remember how they decided on it, but acknowledges that for many people it might evoke the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

"It fits our Muskegon store really well right now because we are kind of on a hill and then our new logo looks like hills," she says. "So many people come in are like, 'Are you is this associated with Kennedy and Texas?' We're like, 'No, not really.'"

The company plans to hold a ribbon-cutting on Saturday. It also says festivities will include food, music, and deals. The company is also partnering with The Noah Project with a pet adoption event, which will pay to spay or neuter any pets adopted that day.

Grassy Knoll is open for adult-use customers and medical marijuana patients and is located at 2125 Lemuel St., Muskegon Heights. More information is available at

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