The eight dispensaries of Niles, Michigan, are thriving with sales to Indiana residents who drive over to purchase legal cannabis. South Bend, a short distance from Niles, is Indiana’s fourth-largest city.
However, any Indiana customers that bring cannabis back home have technically violated both Indiana and federal law. As reported in Indiana Public Media, many owners and operators of dispensaries say that they are performing a public service for those who need it for medicinal purposes.
According to the Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis in Indiana, taxes collected from cannabis sales could bring the state between $36 million and $77.5 million. In addition, state Senator David Niezgodski has proposed Senate Bill 336, one of about a dozen cannabis bills introduced. If passed, SB 336 bill would enable cannabis to be sold and taxed in Indiana, which would certainly impact the economy of border towns in Michigan, including Niles.