Muskegon City Drafts Ordinance to Lift Moratorium on Medical Marijuana

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Muskegon City Drafts Ordinance to Lift Moratorium on Medical MarijuanaMuskegon, MI is crafting an ordinance that will remove the moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana businesses by paving way for licensing of dispensaries and caregivers.

The Muskegon City Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposed marihuana ordinance in its 5:30 p.m. meeting on August 11. The second and last vote will be conducted on Tuesday August 12 at 5:30 p.m. Growers and dispensaries will be required to apply for a license that costs $1,500 for application and $1,100 as a renewal fee under the proposed ordinance, reported MLive. Caretakers who plant medical marijuana in their homes will be required to pay $100 as an application and renewal fee.

Muskegon had passed a decree in 2011, but approved the moratorium in March that banned establishment of new medical marijuana facilities within the city limits while it reviewed the ordinance.

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The proposed ordinance will expand the areas that businesses that deal with medical marijuana will be located. While the existing regulations limited the facilities to the I-2 heavy industrial zone, the new ordinance allows such facilities to be located in zones B-2, B-3 and B-4 business districts. It also permits such facilities to be opened in the 1-2 light industrial zone, the B-5 governmental services and medical care.

The amended ordinance will require growers to plant medical marijuana indoors in secure and locked premises. Each licensed patient will be allowed to grow a maximum of 12 marijuana plants in their main residences. Caregivers are limited to a maximum of 72 plants per caregiver- – with 12 plants for 12 patients while the balance of 12 is for the caregiver if he or she is a registered patient. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com