Township's 38 proposed medical marijuana facilities carefully plotted around schools

Township’s 38 proposed medical marijuana facilities carefully plotted around schools

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Leoni Township has approved 38 medical marijuana facilities for its township so far.( LEONI TWP., MI – Supervisor Howard Linnabary’s large, color-coded map of Leoni Township’s schools, churches, day care centers and zoning areas illustrate the complexity of pinpointing a space for a medical marijuana facility. While there’s no limit on the number of medical marijuana facilities that can come into Leoni Township – besides provisioning centers, which the board has limited to 15 – the township has strict guidelines of where such facilities can go. "We worked closely with both superintendents of Michigan Center and East Jackson to protect the students from the sales – so they weren’t walking by an open store close to the school," Township Clerk Michele Manke said. Provisioning centers – also known as dispensaries – cannot be located within 2,640 feet of a school or 1,000 feet from a day care center or church per the township’s ordinance. State law only dictates a 1,000-foot radius for provisioning centers to schools. All other medical marijuana facilities must be at least 1,000 feet from any school, day care center or church, per state law. So far, 38 facilities have been approved by Leoni Township – 16 growers, 15 provisioning centers, six processors and one secure transporter. The majority are concentrated on the southwest side of the township, as shown by the map below. A map of the proposed medical marijuana facilities in Leoni Township, as of March 12, 2018. "The big push was for provisioning centers," Linnabary said. "If these people had their way, there’d be 55,000 of them in this township. We didn’t want that. That’s why we restricted where they go." Medical marijuana is sold at provisioning centers, making them more popular yet potentially more hazardous to the public, township officials said. All […]

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