KALAMAZOO, MI — Three proposed ordinance changes would address new medical marijuana laws signed late last year.
The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in September 2016, gives Michigan cities the option to allow five types of medical marijuana facilities to be established in their jurisdictions. The city of Kalamazoo will hold two public forums next week to gather citizen input on updates to the zoning code and code of ordinances that would conform with the legislative changes.
The first is a proposed amendment to the zoning code permitting a registered caregiver to operate as a home occupation. Another zoning code amendment would define zoning districts where proposed commercial medical marijuana facilities can be located.
Local municipalities have the option to allow five types of medical marijuana facilities to operate, or not. The five types of licenses include:
Growers (who cultivate the product) Processors (who refine the product into concentrates and edibles) Safety compliance facilities (which test the product for potency and contamination) Secure transporters (who transport the product between facilities) Provisioning Centers (also known as dispensaries)
City Attorney Clyde Robinson said facilities would likely be placed in industrial and manufacturing zones, of which Kalamazoo has plenty on the east side of downtown.
Kalamazoo is also considering a change to its code of ordinances to set licensing and operational standards for commercial medical marijuana facilities operating in the city.
The forums will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on July 26, and 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 27 in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 241 W. South St.
City administrators will be present to provide an overview of the ordinances, take comments and answer questions from the public. Draft versions of the three ordinances will be available at the forums and through the