Updated August 02, 2017
Posted August 02, 2017
Medical marijuana laws prompt ordinance changes
New state laws regulating medical marijuana prompted communities across Michigan to decide how they will respond to the growing industry.
Kalamazoo has decided to be proactive.
Patients, caregivers and stakeholders attended two public forums on proposed changes to its zoning ordinance and code of ordinances last week. The Planning Commission will vote on whether to recommend to the City Commission approve the amendments Thursday.
Here’s a look at how medical cannabis might work in Kalamazoo. Information provided by the city remains in draft form, and is subject to change.
Malachi Barrett | [email protected]
Michigan state capitol building
A brief timeline of medical marijuana
Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot measure in 2008, which removed state penalties for registered patients to buy, grow and use small amounts of marijuana.
In 2012, Kalamazoo voters passed a charter amendment that allowed three “medical cannabis dispensaries” to open with regulations.
The citizen-initiated ballot proposal in Kalamazoo passed by nearly a 2-1 margin, but no dispensaries were opened. Gov. Rick Snyder sent a letter to the city disapproving the charter, saying it was inconsistent with state law at the time.
In September 2016, Snyder signed the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, which gives Michigan cities the option to allow five types of medical marijuana facilities to be established in their jurisdictions.
Two other bills allowed for the manufacture and use of marijuana-infused products by qualified patients, and created a seed-to-sale tracking system to track all medical marijuana.
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What do the new laws say?
Under the new laws, applications for one of five licenses can be filed starting