2017-09-14 / News

Gaines Twp. board passes resolution against medical marijuana

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com

GAINES TOWNSHIP – The Gaines Township Board of Trustees isn’t taking any chances with the new legislation regarding medical marijuana.

The 2016 laws set guidelines for licensure and state oversight of the cultivation, processing, transporting, testing and distribution of medical marijuana.

Although the state office of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs won’t begin processing license applications until December, officials in Gaines Township and many other communities are sending notice that they want nothing to do with any of it.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, the township board unanimously approved a resolution stating that the township “declines to adopt an ordinance authorizing any of the five types of medical marihuana” operations and, therefore, “a marihuana facility shall not operate in the township.”

“Under the new statutes, everyone is opted out,” said township Supervisor Paul Fortino. “You have to opt in (for the state to issue licenses in your community). That resolution was to formally state that we did not opt in. It’s a document we can send to the state to tell them we are not opting in.”

Fortino said the Michigan Townships Association has advised communities who do not wish to have medical marijuana operations within their borders to pass resolutions opting out of the program.

The new statutes do not apply to home grow operations, which remain protected under the voter-approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act of 2008.

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