MUSKEGON, MI – Medical marijuana advocates and patients may soon find safe harbor in Muskegon as city commissioners mull over an ordinance allowing growers and dispensaries to operate in a special district off Seaway Drive.
The proposed ordinance would allow growers, processors, safety compliance facilities, secure transport for suppliers and dispensaries, labeled legally as “provisioning centers,” in the district, provided operators get necessary permits.
Commissioners plan to discuss the ordinance during their work session that begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Muskegon City Hall, 933 Terrace St.
The measure is not on the commission’s Tuesday formal session agenda.
According to a draft of the proposed ordinance, the city would have discretion to issue and limit the number of permits. Potential pot operations would be required to receive the city permit as well as a state operating license before opening their doors.
Application and inspection fees would then be assessed if a permit is approved. The city would also be able to charge facilities of any kind an annual fee of no more than $5,000 to “help defray the administrative and enforcement costs associated with operation of (facilities) … in (Muskegon),” according to the proposed ordinance.
It would also regulate all medical marijuana sale and growth activity to a special overlay district. The proposed district is located off Seaway Drive, starting at the corner of Glade Street and Hackley Avenue, ending north at Young Avenue and running east to Park Street.
This map shows the proposed Muskegon medical marijuana overlay district, where potential pot growers and dispensaries could operate if city commissioners approve a proposed ordinance allowing medical marijuana facilities to operate within city limits.Courtesy | City of Muskegon
A recent rule change in Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana statute passed by state lawmakers late last month permits one-stop medical marijuana shops, or