Fairfield Township Board asked to remain open to medical marijuana

Fairfield Township Board asked to remain open to medical marijuana

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Daily Telegram Staff Writer @lenaweehuhman FAIRFIELD TWP. — Fairfield Township has had some issues with medical marijuana. At least one resident hopes the township board keeps an open mind about it. On Monday, the Fairfield Township Board unanimously approved another year-long extension to its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. But township resident Aaron Westbrook asked the board to consider the possibilities of the new legislation regarding medical marijuana facilities. "I just ask you to always keep an open mind," Westbrook said to the board. Westbrook owns a farm in the township and for the past six years has been a licensed caregiver for five medical marijuana patients. He said the legislation is an opportunity for the state and local communities to better organize and regulate this growing industry. Supervisor Larry Keck said the board would keep an open mind as it learns more about the new legislation. Keck said he expects the township board to take its time in making a decision as it collects more information. However, he said, there have been complaints from residents who have neighbors who are caregivers and are growing marijuana in their homes. Most of the complaints, he said, were about the overwhelming odor of the growing marijuana. "We want to know what’s in the fine print," Keck said of the legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December. Keck said the board will look for help from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to understand what the legislation means. One concern Keck said he has is the new legislation would not correct issues bothering township residents. Westbrook said medical marijuana is an important alternative for many in Lenawee County, who have such health issues as cancer. The county, he said, has a high number of people with cancer, […]

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