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Medical Marijuana Center?

 

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Bolgos owns the dilapidated gas station at the corner of Liberty and Second. He's working with Renee Wolf, multiple sclerosis patient and longtime proselytizer for medical marijuana. They envision a place where MS patients and other registered medical marijuana users can meet with their caregivers to obtain their herbal medication.

There's just one problem: the Michigan Department of Community Health says that, even though a 2008 vote made the use of medical marijuana legal in Michigan, marijuana dispensaries aren't.

Bolgos, fifty-nine, grew up working on his family's dairy farm just north of Ann Arbor. By age eight, he was helping with the milking, filling pails that would steam on a cold day. He still has a scar on his left hand where a horse kicked him while he was shoeing it. He drove a milk truck, making deliveries for Bolgos Dairy, and worked in the family's restaurant on Plymouth Road. But eventually the property taxes were too much, and the 105-year-old business was mournfully sold.

After that Bolgos purchased, rehabbed, and resold Ann Arbor houses. In 1990, he bought Fred Roberts' Sunoco station. But small service stations are dying out, and the building's been vacant since 2007.

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