As communities across the state continue to navigate Michigan’s marijuana laws, New Baltimore officials are also working to hash out rules and regulations for the city.
The New Baltimore City Council voted 5-1 June 24 to approve a medical marijuana ordinance that limits the number of licenses available, restricts related businesses to the city’s industrial area and sets a buffer between facilities and homes.
The ordinance allows for two licenses each to be given for growing facilities, provisioning centers, processing centers and safety compliance centers. All buildings must be located in the industrial zone and comply with a new minimum setback requirement for indoor and outdoor medical marijuana facilities.
All grower, processor or provisioning centers must include odor control methods, and venting of marijuana odors into areas surrounding a medical marijuana grower facility is prohibited, the ordinance states.
The planning commission recommended the changes to the city council after being tasked with reviewing a general zoning ordinance regarding the regulation and licensing of medical marijuana facilities.
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