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Village approves ordinance for medical marijuana plant

On Monday night, the Village of Kingsley Council approved an ordinance that would allow for a facility to operate in an industrial park within the village.

A northern Michigan community is one step closer to having a medical marijuana plant in Grand Traverse County.

On Monday night, the Village of Kingsley Council approved an ordinance that would allow for a facility to operate in an industrial park within the village.

The ordinance allows for the enforcement of medical marijuana laws, as well as zoning that allows for the growing, processing, testing, and shipping of medical marijuana.

The village did not approve the selling of medical marijuana within the village.

Any company that chooses to locate within the village for growing and processing must still get a license with the state.

A company would have to hire a third party for security, shipping, and possibly testing of the product.

Those third parties would also have to be licensed by the state.

More than a dozen people from the community spoke Monday night, many asking for the board to approve the ordinance.

"To use our industrial park in the way it was designed with a facility and operation which will bring good salary jobs in the area, it will help support the school system, it will help support infrastructure. It seems to me that this is a very good thing to do," one Kingsley resident said.

The board passed the ordinance with a vote of four to three.

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