Locally-owned marijuana dispensary using social equity money to fund public artwork – WZZM13.com
They’ll now design different pieces on multiple locations along the West Wealthy Street corridor.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Before weed was legal in Michigan, Casey Kornoelje was convicted for possession and cultivation of cannabis.
“And ironically, here we are possessing and cultivating cannabis some 20 years later,” says Kornoelje, owner of Pharmhouse Wellness.
That conviction made his shop eligible for social equity benefits. The program aims to make amends to people previously convicted of marijuana-related crimes.
“For us, we receive discounts on our annual regulatory fees paid to the city and the state,” explains Kornoelje.
So to help improve the community, Kornoelje decided to put that extra money towards an art project, covering empty spaces Wealthy Street with eye-catching artwork.
“These are spaces that you drive by every day that are, I don’t want to say untouched, but unimproved,” says Kornoelje. “And we recognize and acknowledge that we’d like to see more vibrancy and color in the neighborhood.”
Kornoelje narrowed down numerous applications from local artists to seven in total. They’ll now design different pieces on multiple locations along the West Wealthy Street corridor, including a huge