Joint Venture: Weed is lonely biz in the U.P., and Kroger gets into CBD products

If you’re looking to become an expert in cannabis — both the chemistry and business sides of the business — the Upper Peninsula is the place to be.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette and Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie are among the few colleges in the nation to offer degree programs for students looking to break into the industry.

But if those graduates want to stay in the U.P. for a job in the industry or find a place to score some legal weed north of the Mackinac Bridge, good luck.

Only one medical marijuana dispensary in the U.P. has been licensed by the state. 

Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray talked to co-owners Penny and Ryan Milkey, the couple behind Northern Specialty Health in Houghton, for a closer look at why weed is such a lonely business in the U.P. 

Groceries and CBD products

Kroger is ready to sell CBD-infused products. (Photo: Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press)

Once you’ve picked up milk, bread and eggs at the grocery store, you can now buzz over to the health and beauty section for some CBD-infused products to calm your aching back. 

Starting this week, Kroger will begin selling cannabidiol-infused products at stores in several states. Kroger joins national retailers across the country such as CVS and Walgreen’s in selling CBD topical products.

So what kind of CBD products will you find at Kroger? Here’s more on that — and a few other questions you may want to be answered.

By Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press

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