Medical marijuana committee approves lottery for new district

DAVISON — The city council’s medical marijuana committee approved holding a lottery to determine who will receive the city’s sole license for a provisioning center to be located somewhere in the newly established zone for such a facility.

In August 2019 the city held a lottery for the sole license, and it was awarded to Jim Joubran of High Society Wellness. That license was for a small parcel of city owned property north of town off M-15.

Earlier this year, Joubran came before the council and complained the site could not be developed in a cost-efficient manner, so he requested moving the license to property he owns on M-15 near downtown, on the west side of the road between Third and Fourth streets.

City council voted to move the zone, but in doing so it required the process to start over, so there will be a lottery held to determine who receives the one license available – meaning anyone can apply after paying the application fee.

The new overlay district covers not only Joubran’s M-15 property, but most of the city’s downtown on Main Street.

Upon the second reading of revised medical marijuana ordinance, expected at the May 10 council meeting, the lottery will be open again with the drawing taking place at the June 14 council meeting.

“This is exactly what we did the first time,” said Mayor Tim Bishop. “Once we have the second reading and its accepted, it creates the district. Then we turn around after approval and hold the lottery. Last time there was only one applicant.”

He said the application, the process and the costs will all be the same as the original drawing.

City Manager Andrea Schroeder said once the lottery is held, the city attorney will look over the applicants and their plans to make sure everything follows the ordinance before the winner of the license is drawn.

“It should be fairly quick and simple,” she said.