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City adopts Medical Marijuana Facilities ordinance

Council voted unanimously, passing an ordinance that follows the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) — A vote by the Manistee City Council Tuesday night could set the stage for two possible medical marijuana grow businesses to operate in the City.

Council voted unanimously, passing an ordinance that follows the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act.

“Our proposed police power ordinance would allow for a medical marijuana grow facility, a processing facility, a transporter and a safety compliance,” said Thad Taylor, Manistee City Manager. “The one license we would not allow by ordinance would be a provisioning center.”

One location for a possible grow operation would be in the old Manistee Iron Works building on River Street. That proposed development plan would also have mixed-use, with a possible convention center, hotel and retail use.

“It would completely redevelop that site. It’s a historical site, it’s on the river and right along the railroad tracks,” Taylor said.

The city manager said the operations could bring more job opportunities.

“It’s exciting to bring maybe 40 to 80 jobs into the community that are well-paying jobs,” Taylor explained.

The ordinance would also allow a second company to operate in an industrial park off Washington Street.

There is another zoning ordinance that will need the council’s approval before any plan goes forward.

If the ordinances are passed the grow operations still need proper licenses from the State.

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