Michigan issues its first-ever microbusiness license to a craft cannabis farmer.
Sticky Bush Farms in Onaway, about 45 minutes from Mackinaw City.ou know something’s working when what you love starts paying the bills. That’s what happened to Ben Kolasa last September, when the 33-year-old stepped into the world of craft cannabis entrepreneurship. Kolasa had been growing his own weed since 2009 as a way to have some control over the quality of his buzz, though he admits that back then he had no clue what he was doing. Fast forward 12 years, and he’s now the proud owner of
At first, Kolasa used personal plants as medicine for his health issues. Turns out his medicine was good enough to bring him customers. By 2018, he had six medical marijuana customers and 72 plants.
Then Michigan voted to legalize marijuana, creating a commercial recreational cannabis market.
Kolasa began brainstorming how he could upscale his operation. In mid-September 2019, Michigan gave him the state’s first-ever microbusiness license, which allows growers to cultivate up to 150 plants; process the harvest for sale as flower, oils, and edibles; and sell them from their own storefront. What the license-owners can’t do is intermingle with other aspects of the recreational market. But Kolasa’s win is a boon for the “smaller guy,” says Sensi Michigan publisher Jamie Cooper. “Ben is the first person in Michigan to get such a license. He operates a true craft grow and is proof that the little guy can be a part of an industry.”