Dan Cherry Daily Telegram Staff Writer @lenaweecherry
MORENCI — The Morenci Planning Commission will draft zoning language that will allow medical marijuana facilities to open in Morenci.
That is the direction the Morenci City Council authorized at its meeting Monday. City administrator Michael Sessions said Thursday the language for the proposed growing and processing facilities would allow the businesses to operate in the industrial zoning district, to allow for provisioning centers in the city, and to allow transport and safety compliance centers that fall under the guidelines of the 2016 Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.
The action stems from the recommendations by the exploratory committee for the rights of patients and nonpatients of medical marijuana, which came to the city council in a 3-1 vote to allow growing and processing facilities within the Skyline Industrial Park zoning district and provisioning centers within the city.
Sessions said the city has two real estate offers on industrial park land for the growing and processing facilities, and that such facilities would create jobs that pay $15 to $20 an hour.
“We determined the overall investment would be beneficial to the community,” he said.
City Realtor Brad Frederick will review land offers with city committee officials to accept, decline or counteroffer those inquiries.
Sessions said any company wanting to do business in the industrial park would need to conduct a feasibility study to ensure the appropriate electricity is available. The industrial park is served by Consumers Energy and Midwest Energy.