Bay City Opts into Medical Marijuana Legislation
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With neighboring townships already benefiting from medical marijuana ordinances, Bay City has agreed to start work on its own. Last Monday night the City Commission agreed to a resolution which will give it control over the location, number and fees for licensing dispensaries in the city. Ed Clements is 8th Ward Commissioner and a supporter of the effort.
“It allows us to pass an ordinance to take advantage of the new law that’s coming, so we essentially just opted in, we didn’t do anything ordinance- wise so you’re not going to see any dispensaries or operations coming to town tomorrow,” Clements says. He is in support of the resolution because he says it will bring jobs to the area. It will also bring added revenue in licensing fees.
The state’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act goes into effect in December of this year, and Clements says the city wanted to make sure it has ordinances in place. By creating ordinances, Clements says the city will be in control of the whole process of admitting dispensary operations the city. He says Pinconning and Bangor Township recently opted into the legislation and have drafted ordinances, but Bay City hadn’t addressed the issue yet. Clements says he believes the legislation is a good thing as it will bring jobs and revenue into the city. Clements says jobs include testing facilities, dispensary operations, transportation and growers. He says the new law is highly regulated and eliminates clandestine growing operations, like people dispensing and growing marijuana in basements and garages. Clements says he encourages anyone interested to research the law, which is found at legislature.mi.gov.