Traverse City's medical marijuana rules advance

Traverse City’s medical marijuana rules advance

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TRAVERSE CITY — Zoning rules for Traverse City’s future medical marijuana businesses are a step closer to taking root. Planning commissioners recommended a set of regulations dictating which of the five newly allowed businesses can go where in Traverse City. Their 7-1 vote means the proposed rules go to the city commission next for an up or down vote — planning commissioner Michael Grant voted no and commissioner Brian Haas was absent. Their recommendation caps the planning commission’s work on the issue — for now — after city commissioners in February said they want to allow provisioning centers, testing labs, processors, transporters and growers in city limits. Those are the new business types allowed by the state Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. One proposed regulation was far from cut and dry for some commissioners. The rules would limit provisioning centers to one per 1,000-foot radius, effectively capping the number allowed to 13. Commissioner Brian McGillivary said he’s ultimately comfortable with the limitation to prevent dispensaries from concentrating in any one location. “That seems to be a concern, and it was a concern for marijuana collectives, so I’m OK, I find it acceptable and reasonable,” he said. The proposed rules limit dispensaries to C-3 and C-4 commercial districts and hospital districts, while limiting processors, testing labs, growers and transporters to industrial-zoned land, according to city documents. City commissioners are working on rules for permitting and more. The vote comes more than a month after city planning commissioners had a public hearing for people to weigh in on the proposed rules. The board opted to allow public comment but waited to vote when the June 5 meeting went late. Michael Thue, CEO for patient certification business Center for Compassion, joined other commenters in calling for eliminating the 1,000-foot separation requirement between […]

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