NEGAUNEE – After months of consideration and requests for public input, Negaunee Township may be closer to deciding whether licensed medical marijuana businesses will have a place there.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Negaunee Township Planning Commission scheduled a joint meeting with the Negaunee Township Board within the next month to discuss whether to craft an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within township jurisdiction under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, a packet of Michigan laws that will go into effect Dec. 15.
“Ultimately, the result of the meeting was to request a joint meeting with the township board, some time in October to discuss and hopefully decide whether to opt in or opt out of allowing licenses in the township,” Negaunee Township Planning Administrator Nick Leach said.
Under the new set of laws, medical marijuana facilities would be subject to a licensing scheme similar to that of liquor licenses, Leach said.
The MMFLA, consisting of Public Acts 281, 282 and 283 of 2016 clarifies and adds to the state’s 2008 voter-approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, according to a Michigan Municipal League fact sheet. Other actions include legalizing marijuana-infused products for medicinal use; create a “seed-to-sale” tracking system to ensure marijuana dispensed to patients has been tested for safety; and creating a medical marijuana excise fund in the state treasury that will allocate revenue from fees, fines and charges to local units of government and law enforcement, the fact sheet states.
The laws technically went into effect Dec. 20, 2016, but included an additional delay in the implementation to enable the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to establish the licensing system required by the act. MMFLA will allow municipalities to regulate the location and number of medical marijuana growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure