Grand Rapids considering marijuana ordinance before its legal recreationally

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Michigan but Grand Rapids city leaders are considering an ordinance that would  allow dispensaries as early as next year.

The current proposal will allow 40-50 medical marijuana facilities within city limits with application fees costing$5,000 and those facilities will have the potential to be both medical and recreational. It will be about a year before the state finalizes regulations on recreational pot and the city commission wants to be ready.

“I do believe the work we`re doing right now to work through medical marijuana ordinance, will lay down the foundation and ground work that we`ll do sometime next year as we do recreational marijuana once we get more direction from the state,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

“The city commission really wants to simplify the process for people as much as possible,” said Suzanne Shulz, of the Grand Rapids planning commission.

“With recreational coming, the discussion for recreational will be a lot easier because we’ve worked around a lot of the issues around medical,” she said.

The city could start accepting applications for dispensaries by early next year.


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  • Kevin Rahe

    Why would a municipality go out of its way to accommodate recreational use of a drug that has no legitimate non-medicinal use? I believe they also have the option of prohibiting such use in public. Why isn’t that on the table?

    • Shabadoo Simmons

      You haven’t read the law. it remains illegal to consume in public in the state. I believe GR wants the $$. also Freedom and capitalism- we’ve had these concepts shoved down our throats for so long I guess we’re catching on.

      • Kevin Rahe

        Hmm, that doesn’t jive with the language surrounding Grand Haven’s move to outlaw public consumption. Maybe they’re just being preemptive in case the state law changes. Also, freedom and license are two different things.

    • Gary Lea

      Kevin Rahe, I do not understand what you implied by asking why Grand Rapids would “go out of its way.” And marijuana is a plant, a substance, not a drug. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classified marijuana as Schedule 1, the most extreme of five classifications. “Substances in this schedule have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.” -That definition is not descriptive of marijuana nor of the component cannabidiol (CBD).
      You are not alone among people who make claims that could just as easily be made about alcohol or tobacco, yet those substances have been regulated and taxed for decades. The will of the people ensures that the United States continue to be known (and experienced) as the land of the free.

  • Iamct01

    I would like to thank city of Lansing for having medical places open for years now. My mission is to spend my Xmas money in their city limits while I am there.

    • Shabadoo Simmons

      Municipalities can only ban businesses- they can’t ban its possession or use. If they ban businesses then they receive none of the tax $$ generated from it.

      • lml25

        There are more important things than money,Scooby-Doo.When the pot law takes effect,you can bet it will be abused and cause problems for everyone-in many ways yet to be understood.

    • Dan

      So if you use pot then you must be using cocaine? With that logic I can say that if you go to church then you must be a rapists? Or if you’re a white person that lives in Grand heaven then you must be a racist? Please.

  • Gary Lea

    Interesting…planning ahead. I think that present-day medical marijuana provisional centers will transition into adult marijuana shops in any case, now that Michigan is legalizing adult use.

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