Med marijuana moratorium expires at end of month

— A moratorium passed by Flint Township in regards to medical marijuana businesses will expire at the end of this month, prompting officials to begin looking at ways of regulating it in the township said Supervisor Karyn Miller at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Trustee Frank Kasle brought up the issue at the Nov. 8 meeting, saying that last month’s attempt to regulate medical marijuana businesses was a “poor attempt” and that surrounding communities have the “right idea”. Citing the City of Swartz Creek’s route of going through its zoning code to regulate medical marijuana businesses, Kasle said the township should follow suit.

“We ought to have some sort of regulation, and I’m asking the supervisor to draft something to regulate it and not ban it,” he said.

In response, Miller said that she and Economic Enhancement Director Tracey Tucker are working on something that will be brought before the Board of Trustees at its Nov. 22 meeting. During public comments, Nick Panessidi, owner of Michigan Wellness Center on Dye Rd., spoke on the moratorium and the direction of the township on the subject.

“I’m relieved to hear you’re thinking about adopting something that works for the people,” he said.

The township has had the moratorium on medical marijuana businesses for a few months, and attempted to pass an ordinance that would have impacted medical marijuana businesses at its Oct. 4 meeting. The amendment, which was passed by the township’s planning commission, was voted down by the Board of Trustees due to ambiguity in the language and the fact that the state and federal laws regarding medical marijuana are conflicting.

The township’s Nov. 22 meeting is 7 p.m. and held in the township offices, 1490 S. Dye Rd. Details: Call 810-732-1350 or visit www.flinttownship.


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