ALPENA — After listening to public remark throughout a current public listening to over amendments to the zoning ordinance that may accommodate marijuana companies, the Alpena Township Planning Fee has tabled the problem.
The subject is predicted to be addressed once more on the planning fee’s Feb. 14 assembly, however it’s unknown if the fee will vote to advocate the zoning modifications to the board of trustees throughout the assembly.
Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe mentioned there was a mix of public remark from these in favor of and towards the amendments that may open the door for marijuana companies to open and function.
The proposed modifications to the zoning ordinance set up guidelines for six completely different marijuana companies which are thought of within the proposed modifications to the ordinance, together with growers, processors, provisioning facilities, safe transporters, and marijuana security compliance amenities.
“There have been civil and respectful feedback and dialogue from either side,” Skibbe mentioned. “The fee simply thought there wanted to be extra dialogue.”
Skibbe mentioned there have been some members of the planning fee who have been absent, and the opposite members believed the problem was necessary sufficient that everybody on the planning fee wanted to participate within the debate and dialogue.
The proposed ordinance permits for builders who need to open a marijuana enterprise to take action after receiving a license from the state and township. A particular use allow from the township can be wanted.
Most marijuana companies aren’t allowed to open in residential areas, apart from marijuana microbusinesses – a licensed particular person allowed to domesticate 150 or fewer marijuana crops, in addition to course of and bundle them. The microbusiness can then promote or in any other case switch the drug to people who’re 21 years outdated or older, or to a marijuana security compliance facility. They can not promote to different marijuana institutions.
The amended ordinance, if handed, will limit working hours for provisioning facilities, retailers, and microbusinesses from 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. and can forbid gross sales inside 500 ft of any constructing used for schooling, little one care, or habit remedy functions or a park.
Marijuana provisioning facilities additionally can’t make the most of drive through to finish a transaction.
The township opted out of Proposal 1, which made it unlawful for marijuana companies to function within the township. Proposal 1 was handed by voters in Michigan in 2018 and legalized leisure use of marijuana however allowed municipalities to set their very own guidelines pertaining as to whether or not companies can function in them.
The legalization of leisure marijuana wasn’t as standard within the township because it was in lots of areas of the state, as the ultimate vote tally within the township was 2,342 towards legalization and a pair of,015 for it.
Marijuana stays thought of unlawful as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal authorities.