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Council takes no action on medical marijuana facilities

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 20, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The Alpena Municipal Council this week, took no action on a resolution that basically would have prohibited various types of commercial medical marijuana businesses from setting up shop within the city limits.

City ordinance already bans medical marijuana dispensaries, which sell marijuana products to legal medical marijuana patients.

But on December 15 the state will begin issuing licenses for the legal operation of five different commercial medical marijuana businesses, including dispensaries, which are now being labeled provisioning centers.  Municipalities, however, have the option to adopt a resolution that essentially won’t allow the legal businesses to operate within their jurisdiction.

Among city councilmembers concerns are an unknown of state rules and regulations on the new businesses, which are expected to be released by December 15.  At the end of the discussion, council asked city staff to provide it with an update on those rules and regulations, if there is one, when it meets November 20.

It remains to be seen whether city council asks for public input on the issue.

Some communities in Michigan not only welcome the facilities to better aid medical marijuana patients, but also the accompanying property taxes along with a new tax on medical marijuana facilities.  Other communities, opposed to the businesses, fear the unknown, including how the businesses might impact local crime rates, for example.

There are roughly 600 medical marijuana cardholders in Alpena County.  Fifty-seven percent of county residents approved the use of medical marijuana during the 2008 election.

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