Dexter village residents who exercise their rights under the Michigan
Medical Marijuana Act are now covered in the village's code of ordinances.
The Village Council approved the ordinance changes after a silent
public hearing Monday evening.
The ordinance additions include the definition of "home use
occupation," which is in congruence with the state law, which allows
qualifying patients registered with the Michigan Department of
Community Health to legally cultivate medical marijuana at their
primary residence for personal use with assistance from a primary caregiver.
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Last week the Dexter Village Council made a very wise decision
regarding medical marijuana dispensaries: they decided to get with
surrounding townships for a regional approach to regulation.
It was an idea taken from what the city of Holland is doing with its
neighboring townships, and after doing some research and thinking on
the matter, regional regulation strikes me as the best approach.
It's certainly better than banning medical marijuana outright. Set
aside for a moment the arguments over state's rights and think of the
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Dexter village will reach out to Scio, Webster, Dexter and Lima
townships after a vote on proposed medical marijuana regulation in the
village's code of ordinances Monday, Feb. 28.
The ordinances, which were crafted by the village planning commission
and Community Development Director Allison Bishop, were set aside in
favor of the regional approach proposed by Village Council Trustee Jim
Smith explained that he wanted the village to model its efforts after
Holland and Zeeland Township, which collaborated on their ordinances
regulating marijuana dispensaries.
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Dexter village will soon be one of the first municipalities in
Michigan to pass comprehensive regulation dealing with medical
The Village Council held a public hearing Monday on a penalty
structure for operators who violate the ordinances which will place
overlay zoning along Dan Hoey and Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, as well as
parts of Baker Road.
The overlay zoning will allow the village to corral medicinal
marijuana grow operations without having to rezone parcels or merging
the additional zoning specifications with existing zoning guidelines
for medical facilities in the village.
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While the March 21 moratorium extension for medical marijuana
dispensaries is in effect, village officials are considering
implementing fines in the Dexter village code of ordinances.
The new ordinance language would be made to the Dexter General Code,
Chapter 22, Municipal Civil Infractions.
The new section, Marijuana Dispensary Violations, would stipulate a
$1,000 fine for first-time offenders of the zoning ordinances as they
pertain to medical marijuana and dispensary placement.
Repeat offenders would pay $2,000 for a second violation and $3,000
for a third and any subsequent violations beyond that point.
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