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Grand Rapids City Commission approves medical marijuana facilities

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids City Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to amend the city's zoning ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities.

The ordinance would allow up to 53 provisioning centers in the city.  While this is focused on medical pot, there are also provisions in place in case Michigan voters approve recreational marijuana in November.

The adopted ordinance requires that dispensaries are more than 1,000 feet from places like schools, parks, churches, and day care centers.

During a Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday afternoon, the commission made several amendments to the proposed medical marijuana zoning plan.  They voted to have a $5,000 annual licensing fee and increased the separation distance between provisioning centers from 1,000 to 2,000 feet.  They also added a 1,000-foot buffer between all facilities from residential zones as measured along the linear street frontage and another 1,000-foot buffer between parks, places of worship and rehabilitation centers. The latter could be waived if consent is provided and the Planning Commission approves it.

In addition to the provisioning center locations, the ordinance would allow up to  83 potential marijuana facility locations, which includes growers and processors.

The new ordinance goes into effect on Nov. 1.  The ordinance plan also includes marijuana micro-businesses, a type of license that would be permitted if recreational pot is adopted into law this November.


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    • C

      It could, but that would interfere with the ultimate goal……A pot shop on every corner. Medical marijuana is fine, but this approval is a ruse to help achieve that, and nothing more.

    • Helpful Info

      The FDA has established that nothing can be treated as medicine unless it is first processed and “turned into a drug.” In other words, selling a plant in its natural state means it isn’t a drug and therefore isn’t treated as medicine in the eyes of the FDA.

      • Kevin Rahe

        So people are using these plants in their “natural state” as medicine? Do you cut the leaves off and put them in a salad? Pick a stem and suck the juice out like I do with other weeds I find in the wild (though not for medicinal purposes)?

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