TUSTIN – A township in Osceola County is the latest to allow medical marijuana following the passage of a new rule.
Rose Lake Township will allow medical marijuana to be grown following an ordinance passed and brought into effect by the township board on Dec. 6.
However, future facilities entering the township must follow several regulations.
First, in addition to having a license issued by the state of Michigan in accordance with the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, individuals or companies looking to operate medical marijuana facilities in Rose Lake must also obtain a license from the township, which is valid for one year and each facility is expected to pay a $5,000 annual fee to the township.
Only two licensed growers and two licensed processors will be allowed to operate within the township. This means only two registered individuals or companies will be allowed to grow cannabis and only two will be able to purchase marijuana from a grower to extract resin or produce marijuana-infused products.
The ordinance also includes a provision to review the maximum number of marijuana facilities at least every five years, and the township board can determine whether it should be changed.
The state of Michigan currently requires marijuana facilities to obtain one of five licenses depending on the activity they are engaging in — growing, processing, transporting, safety compliance and/or provisioning.
Immediately, the township will not issue licenses to secure transporters, provisioning centers or safety compliance facilities.
Secure transporters are entities that store and transport marihuana products between facilities, safety compliance facilities test marijuana for contaminants and quality, and provisioning centers sell marijuana to