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Medical Marihuana Dispensary Guidelines

 

City Council Establishes Guidelines for Medical Marihuana Dispensaries

 

In 2008, the voters in Michigan passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“the Act”) which went into effect on Dec. 4 of the same year. This legislation was enacted as a result of a ballot proposal initiated by Michigan voters and was approved by a majority of the East Lansing electorate. Unfortunately, the Act was vague in a number of key areas, and municipalities were left to determine how it was to be applied locally.

 

In moving forward with local regulation, the most complicated issue for City Council was determining how to best regulate the dispensation of marihuana. This raised a number of public policy issues including the potential impact on neighborhoods, downtown and public safety. These concerns were  balanced with upholding the legislative intent to ensure that qualifying patients are able to obtain and use marihuana lawfully. This was tremendously challenging from a number of perspectives including law enforcement, zoning and the community at large.

 

Initially, City Council introduced three ordinances, which regulate the business aspect of dispensing medical marihuana, including Ordinance 1245A, 1245B and 1245C. In February 2011, City Council introduced two modified versions of Ordinance 1245C referred to as Substitute Ordinance 1245C and Alternative Substitute Ordinance 1245C.

 

On March 15, 2011 City Council adopted a revised version that included portions of both Substitute Ordinance 1245C and Alternate Substitute Ordinance 1245C. The adopted ordinance will be in effect on April 6, 2011 and will allow applicants to apply for a special use permit in the B4 Business District. The B4 Business District is a district that accommodates professional office uses such as medical offices.

 

The special use permit application process takes a minimum of three months from time of submittal to move through the review process. Once approved by City Council, a business may then apply for a medical marihuana business license.

 

 

City Council Solicited Feedback

The East Lansing City Council solicited feedback from East Lansing residents regarding the dispensing of medical marihuana in East Lansing. Community members and organizations were encouraged to provide feedback by e-mail or written correspondance.


E-mail: council@cityofeastlansing.com

Mail: East Lansing City Council
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

 

 

 

 

City Council Establishes Guidelines for Medical Marihuana Dispensaries

 

In 2008, the voters in Michigan passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (“the Act”) which went into effect on Dec. 4 of the same year. This legislation was enacted as a result of a ballot proposal initiated by Michigan voters and was approved by a majority of the East Lansing electorate. Unfortunately, the Act was vague in a number of key areas, and municipalities were left to determine how it was to be applied locally.

 

In moving forward with local regulation, the most complicated issue for City Council was determining how to best regulate the dispensation of marihuana. This raised a number of public policy issues including the potential impact on neighborhoods, downtown and public safety. These concerns were  balanced with upholding the legislative intent to ensure that qualifying patients are able to obtain and use marihuana lawfully. This was tremendously challenging from a number of perspectives including law enforcement, zoning and the community at large.

 

Initially, City Council introduced three ordinances, which regulate the business aspect of dispensing medical marihuana, including Ordinance 1245A, 1245B and 1245C. In February 2011, City Council introduced two modified versions of Ordinance 1245C referred to as Substitute Ordinance 1245C and Alternative Substitute Ordinance 1245C.

 

On March 15, 2011 City Council adopted a revised version that included portions of both Substitute Ordinance 1245C and Alternate Substitute Ordinance 1245C. The adopted ordinance will be in effect on April 6, 2011 and will allow applicants to apply for a special use permit in the B4 Business District. The B4 Business District is a district that accommodates professional office uses such as medical offices.

 

The special use permit application process takes a minimum of three months from time of submittal to move through the review process. Once approved by City Council, a business may then apply for a medical marihuana business license.

 

 

City Council Solicited Feedback

The East Lansing City Council solicited feedback from East Lansing residents regarding the dispensing of medical marihuana in East Lansing. Community members and organizations were encouraged to provide feedback by e-mail or written correspondance.


E-mail: council@cityofeastlansing.com

Mail: East Lansing City Council
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

 

 

 

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