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ALPENA — The future of a pair of medical marijuana shops in Alpena may be up in the air, as the developers selected by the Alpena Municipal Council last year seem to be having second thoughts about opening up shop in the city.

Another applicant, however, seems close to moving forward with a medical marijuana shop in the city at the former Frank’s Key and Lock Shop on Washington Avenue.

Don Gilmet, who is the former building official in Alpena and is now contracted with it for building department services, said the owner of the properties where a proposed medical marijuana shop was slated to open, indicated that developer, Green Buddha, didn’t execute its purchase agreement.

Gilmet added the second medical marijuana company, Lume Cannabis Company, has only paid a portion of its building permit costs, and the project can’t move forward until the balance is paid. It has until

Lume intended to build a new facility on the property across the street from the Cracker Barrel Party Store on Chisholm Street.

Gilmet said the site plans for the latest applicant should be brought before the planning commission soon.

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