No decisions were made on the issue of allowing professional grow operations for medical marijuana, Supervisor Gary Taepke said.
Dean Cousino Monroe News staff reporter CousinoDean
The pros and cons of allowing professional grow operations of medical marijuana in London Township were weighed during a special meeting of the township board Monday night.
No decisions were made during the 2½-hour forum, Supervisor Gary Taepke said.
“The board has not made any decisions,” Taepke said Tuesday. “This was just to gather information and allow residents to learn more about” the state’s new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act. “It was very interesting. I’m not sure what the board thinks or whether we will opt in or out.”
About 55 people attended the meeting and appeared split on the issue after hearing Craig Aranoff, an attorney for Cannabis Legal Group of Michigan, outline the benefits and regulations in the law.
Many of those in attendance filled out survey sheets on what they thought about allowing grow businesses in the township. Taepke said he and Clerk Larry Lee will go through the sheets today. Each sheet had about a half-dozen questions.
The board may explore the issue more at its next meeting Feb. 12, he said.
“One of the biggest things we learned was that this is not for small operations,” Taepke said. “They have to be well funded. Grow facilities need about $2 million just to establish (register) their grow class with the state. That’s a lot of cash on hand to make the investment.”
At first, it appeared more residents were opposed to allowing facilities to come into the area. However, after hearing that a grow operation needed high-speed Internet and would have to establish a network in the township, more people liked the idea since the township has no high-speed carrier,