By Corey [email protected]
READING — Less than 24-hours after Reading Township voted unanimously in opposition of allowing medical marijuana facilities to take root in the township, the city of Reading voted 3-2 in favor of allowing the facilities.
In fact, the city of Reading will allow the growing and processing of medical marijuana as well as safety compliance and secure transport businesses to take root in the city limits. Nine licenses of each type of business will be allowed and the city will also allow up to five dispensary type businesses to open up shop in Reading.
The ordinance, adopted Nov. 14, also established a $4,000 “facility fee” for each license and an annual $3,600 renewal fee.
However, the city also holds expressed rights to terminate or alter the ordinance as they see fit.
The night before, Reading Township Supervisor Andrew Barnhart and the Reading Township board of trustees voted against the zoning for medical marijuana facilities.
“We had some strong opposition here in the township as the majority were against it,” Barnhart said. “Especially the dispensary.”
Barnhart said another reason he voted nay is the constant changes to the current laws coming from the state of Michigan.
“They’re still adding this, changing that.” Barnhart said. “I was uncomfortable with how this was going to shake out eventually.”
Those entrepreneurs seeking to obtain medical marijuana license(s) for one of the five business types will file for state licensing on or after Dec. 15 in addition to local licensing in the city of Reading.