Kingsley medical marijuana changes 'die'

Kingsley medical marijuana changes ‘die’

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TRAVERSE CITY — Ordinances that would allow medical marijuana facilities in Kingsley went through weeks of review but village officials remain reluctant to vote on the issue. Village board members met Monday night and continued reviewing a draft police power ordinance that would allow medical marijuana facilities — including a proposed a proposed $20 million, 100,000-square-foot TheraCann USA medical marijuana grow facility — to locate within village limits. Interim village Manager K. Ross Childs said officials considered making various changes to the ordinance, like removing the cap on the number of medical marijuana licenses the village would make available under the state’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. The meeting ended without a motion to approve or reject the ordinance. “It just kind of died; it’s just sitting there,” Childs said Tuesday. “We don’t know what is going to happen with it yet.” Officials originally considered an ordinance that would allow one facility — likely the TheraCann project, Childs said — to operate using 30 licenses for operations to grow up to 45,000 plants. Officials then considered unlimited licenses, before bringing back the original language and choosing not to vote, he said. Trustee Dan Walton argued the ordinance is a village-wide issue. “TheraCann has nothing to do with this,” he said. “What the village is looking at is putting a motion together to allow any (medical marijuana) facility that is vetted by the state to operate within the village.” He said too many questions remain regarding how the vetting and new medical marijuana law will work and when it will come into effect. State officials expected to implement the program in December, but Walton said the rollout could be delayed. Village officials would also need to approve a medical marijuana zoning ordinance to allow such businesses in town. Walton […]

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