greenbuddha Posted January 25, 2011 Report Share Posted January 25, 2011 Daily Headlines MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE EVOLVES by Ken Palmer, (Source:Williamston Enterprise) writeNewsItems();Regional NewsUS MI: Medical Marijuana Ordinance Evolves US MI: Medical Marijuana Moratorium Expiring; Royal Oak to Discuss Next Move Mon US MI: Medical Marijuana Moratorium on Ludington City Council Agenda US MI: Editorial: Local Laws Need To Be Carefully Crafted US MI: Council Denies Plan to Regulate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries US MI: Southfield's Proposed Medical Pot District Is a No-Go US MI: Column: Reader Reactions to Drug Policy Enlighten US MI: Police Raid Oak Park Marijuana Dispensary US MI: Southfield to Vote on Marijuana Zone US MI: Column: When Science Goes To Pot More News Select a State See Map Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia FEDERAL Florida Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virgin Islands Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Check State Laws 24 Jan 2011 Share This Article Michigan ------- Public Hearing Set for Feb. 1 WILLIAMSTON - Residents can weigh in on proposed rules regulating medical marijuana businesses on Feb. 1. The Planning Commission has set a public hearing for that date on a draft zoning amendment that would allow dispensaries to be located in three industrially zoned areas of the city. Those businesses would have to be at least 1,000 feet from a public or private school and no closer than 500 feet to a church, licensed child care facility, residential district or public library, park or playground. Qualified patients would be able to grow marijuana for their own use anywhere in the city, as long it is in a secured building. Long Time in the Making The draft ordinance has been in the works for months. On Jan. 10, the City Council reviewed recommendations from the Planning Commission and took the first step toward extending a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana businesses. That would give the city enough time to adopt the new zoning rules. The moratorium is set to expire Feb. 23 but would be extended by 90 days if the council approves a second reading. The planning board endorsed a draft amendment on Jan. 4 that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to be located within either the I-1 or I-2 zoning districts. But council members who attended the Jan. 10 meeting said those businesses should be restricted to the I-2 district only. Three areas of the city are zoned I-2 - the northern part of the Industrial Park, the southern edge of the city along I-96 and the northwest part of the city along West Grand River Avenue. The version endorsed by the Planning Commission called for dispensaries to be located at least 500 feet away from each other. But the council wanted to increase that distance to 1,000 feet. "The idea is to provide a reasonable amount of diversity to the I-2 zone," City Manager Tim Allard said. "Extending the distance from one dispensary to another would accomplish that." The current version of the draft says only one primary caregiver could grow marijuana and serve patients from a single location. The council's changes have been incorporated into the draft ordinance available for public review at City Hall, Allard said. The proposed amendment says dispensaries can be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and that patients may not consume marijuana at a dispensary. Caregiver operations will need federal and state health safety certifications, along with the usual local business permits. Caregivers also would have to submit a security plan and a floor plan specifying the number of plants. The security plan would be kept confidential by the city. Barring any major problems or delays, the council could be ready to approve a first reading of the new ordinance by its Feb. 28 meeting, with final approval on March 14. Under that timeline, the ordinance would take effect on April 1. MAP posted-by: Richard Lake Share This Article Pubdate: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 Source: Williamston Enterprise (MI) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright: 2011 Williamston Enterprise Website: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=williamston Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5233 Author: Ken Palmer Cited: City Council http://www.williamston-mi.us/citycouncil.html Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/find?275 (Cannabis - Michigan) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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