Alpena Council Hears Update on Medical Marijuana
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:30:22 EST

Alpena City Council members heard an update on new regulations that have come out regarding medical marijuana facilities in the state of Michigan.

City Planning and Development Director Adam Poll explained that there has been some movement since he last talked to council.

One thing he mentioned was the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation said they are going to allow “stacking”, which is where medical marijuana facilities could have numerous growing facilities in one larger one. However, that idea is still up in the air after state house legislation came out in late October with the intent to prohibit stacking.

Poll said the bureau also decided existing facilities can remain open and a process will have to be set up in order to make them legal by February. Also regulations have been made to determine what it would take to run different facilities, including asset requirements.

Poll went on to say a local ordinance does not need to be adopted if council chooses not to participate according to the bureau.

The bureau has been in the process of developing and implementing regulations to make laws more consistent, and to better regulate the industry under the medical marijuana law adopted in 2008.

Poll said he would give more updates at upcoming city council meetings.


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