Don Reid [email protected] DReidTDR
MARSHALL — Once the state’s capital, the city of Marshall is now on its way to becoming the marijuana grow capital of Michigan.
With no controversy, the Marshall City Council approved the necessary zoning ordinances to allow for three of the five state-authorized services in the city.
So far, one firm has received city zoning, site plan and security approval.
“We think in Marshall we will end up with five or six medical marijuana facilities, Marshall City Manager Tom Tarkiewicz said, after 25 to 30 enterprises expressed interest in locating in the city of just over 7,000 at the intersection of I-69 and I-94.
“Eighty percent of the population of Michigan is within two hours drive of Marshall,” Tarkiewicz said is the draw for the city.
He added that there are currently 218,000 medical marijuana permits issued in the state.
This has come as the state licensing board tries to establish rules by Dec. 15 to begin taking applications for licenses for growers, processors, secured transporters, dispensaries and testing centers, all of which must be separate businesses.
“We do not allow provisioning sales — dispensaries — in our ordinance,” Tarkiewicz said. “We allow only growing, processing and transporters.”
There was no opposition when the ordinances passed the council in June, and only one person last month opposed the reduction of the limitation of distance between facilities from one mile to half a mile.
Tarkiewicz said the owner of a building that has been on the market for 10 years is happy because he sold it for the full asking price.
All of the permits will be in industrial areas.
Because the buildings will be enclosed greenhouses, the facilities are expected to be a boon for the Marshall city utilities.
Like Coldwater with its greenhouses, it will