A proposed moratorium on medical marijuana businesses has been approved in Texas Township, MI, on its first reading, and second reading and final vote have been scheduled for the township board meeting on April 11th.
In order to give the township’s planning commission time to create an ordinance to regulate MMJ businesses, the township board voted unanimously in favor of a six-month moratorium on the issuance of licenses and permits for such business. The moratorium does not apply to patients who grow their own marijuana, or to caregivers who grow it for a single patient in their household. It also doesn’t apply to caregivers who assist patients in the the patients’ own homes.
In a memo to the board, township attorney Roxanne Seeber said that the planning commission is prepared to begin working on the ordinance, and that she feels confident that six months is enough time to both develop and adopt medical marijuana regulations that satisfy all concerned.
Township Supervisor Dave Healy said that under the township’s current zoning regulations a licensed caregiver growing marijuana for others in his or her home would be considered to be operating a home business, which requires a special exception permit approved by the planning commission. There are no caregivers who have applied for such permits in Texas Township so far.
According to Healy, the greater challenge, and one not currently addressed by the township’s existing ordinances, is caregivers who wish to cultivate marijuana together in shared commercial space. The moratorium will give the township the necessary time to make intelligent decisions about how such uses should be regulated and controlled.
Seeber added that the Michigan state law which legalized medical marijuana in 2008 allows certified patients to have a maximum of twelve plants for their own use, while caregivers are allowed to supply up to five patients, growing up to twelve plants per patient.