KALAMAZOO, MI — The only medical marijuana safety compliance facility in Southwest Michigan will be allowed to stay open while it seeks a state license.
Kalamazoo’s City Commission has yet to consider an ordinance allowing five types medical marijuana facilities legalized by the state. Monday, it passed an ordinance allowing The Spott Laboratory, located at 901 Riverview Dr., to remain open while a decision on other facilities is reached.
In the meantime, owner Linda Palmatier will seek a license with the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The application period opened Dec. 15, and Palmatier is required to to apply for a license before Feb. 15, 2018.
If an ordinance was not adopted, the business would be required to cease and desist before making application to the state for a license. City Commissioners felt the move was necessary to protect public health while the application is processed.
Though Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008, the product wasn’t required to be be tested for contaminants or potency until new laws signed by Gov. Rick Snyder took effect this month. Started in 2014, The Spott tests samples of medicinal cannabis to make sure dispensaries, caregivers, and home growers are providing patients with a safe and properly dosed product.
It’s one of only a handful in the state, and the only lab in Southwest Michigan, Palmatier said. She said her business performs a vital function for medical marijuana cardholders in the area.
Palmatier called the ordinance a “godsend” for her business. Her goal is to run the best lab in the state.
Testing helps users and provisioning centers know the chemical compounds in each product; hundreds of distinct cannabinoids are good for treating different ailments.
Not all forms of medicinal marijuana will get you high.
There’s a difference between THC, a psychoactive substance released when cannabis is heated up,