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Alpena, others, have decisions to make on legal pot businesses

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on November 8, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The City of Alpena and other communities in Michigan have some decisions to make now that recreational marijuana has been legalized by voters.

Under the law, local municipalities have the authority to ban or limit marijuana establishments.

However, municipalities that opt for a ban would not receive a portion of the taxes collected on the sale of weed.

If the city does nothing, marijuana-related businesses would be able to operate without local restrictions.  It is more likely, however, the city would adopt some rules and regulations for those businesses if it doesn’t ban them altogether.

Adam Poll, planning and development director for the city, gave the municipal council an update this week, on what is being done behind the scenes by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).  That agency has been tasked with setting rules for medical marijuana facilities and now recreational marijuana facilities as well.

LARA has said it will be 12 months before it starts issuing recreational facilities licenses.  That gives the city a year to decide what to do.  It is not known if council will ask for public comment.  So far council has only been collecting information and has taken no action.

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