Southwest Michigan towns collecting huge cannabis revenues

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SOUTH BEND — More than $3.5 million is going to communities in southwest Michigan taxing units for their participation in marijuana sales.

The Michigan Department of Treasury will be distributing a total of $59.5 million to 224 cities, townships and counties across the state.

Each city will receive $51,841.21 per licensed marijuana retail business, with an additional $51,841.21 going to each county government per business.

In Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, there is a total of 34 licensed marijuana retailers, meaning $3,525,202.28 will be distributed locally.

State Treasurer Rachel You-Banks says that a partnership allows dollars received from the adult-use marijuana taxes and fees to be distributed to participating communities.

Below is a breakdown of businesses in each county and city, as well as how much money will be distributed to each.

The breakdown includes:

Berrien County | 15 businesses | $777,618.15
City of Benton Harbor | 3 businesses | $155,523.63
City of Buchanan | 5 businesses | $259,206.05
City of Niles| 4 businesses | $207,364.84
Village of Cassopolis | 2 businesses | $103,682.42
Village of Edwardsburg | 2 businesses | $103,682.42