CORUNNA -- City residents will be able to grow medical marijuana
within their homes as home-based businesses.
City Council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing such
businesses Monday night.
"For the planning commission, this has been one year of review and a
lot of research done on medical marijuana and how it fits in the
community and the regulations, if any, we wanted to do on it,"
Assessor Merilee Lawson said.
The ordinance will give all basic rules and regulations to those who
are "primary caregivers" and to those who are "qualifying patients,"
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The Clinton County Sheriff's Department said arrests like the one
made last month in relation to medical marijuana cardholders growing
more than legally allowed under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act
have risen and believe they will likely continue on that path.
On [redacted] was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana
after they found him in possession of 37 marijuana plants. As a
medical marijuana patient, he is allowed 12.
Det. Sgt. Fritz Sandberg with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department
said the department has made five arrests at three different
locations in the past month. Prior to that, he said they haven't had
any in about a year.
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OWOSSO - The City Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance
Monday that limits locations where medical marijuana dispensaries and
grow facilities may be located within the city.
The ordinance, presented by the planning commission, was approved
with a few amendments to address public concerns.
The ordinance limits the location of medical marijuana dispensaries
and grow facilities outside a 1,000-foot radius from any school
property or public park. The distance also must measure more than 500
feet from any corner of the building and along the public
right-of-way from any place of worship, parcels used as a residence,
licensed daycares and libraries.
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OWOSSO - When opening their doors for business just a few weeks ago,
the owners of 21 Herbal on W M-21 didn't expect the firestorm of
controversy they find themselves in today.
Because of complaints from members of a Catholic church across the
street, the owners of the medical marijuana facility say they are
willing to relocate their business.
Co-owner Zack, who declined to provide his last name citing
employment concerns, said he didn't intend to upset anyone at the
church, but figures it's better just to move on, although as of now,
he doesn't appear to be breaking any laws.
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OWOSSO - A packed room of Owosso residents and St. Paul Catholic
Church parishioners attended Monday's city council meeting to express
their concerns about 21 Herbal, a medical marijuana facility, across
M-21 from the church and its school.
"We are here tonight to express our concern and, I think, even our
outrage that there is a medical marijuana business directly across
the street from our school. In fact, if you look out the first-grade
classroom that's what you'll see," St. Paul Pastor Father John Fain
said. "We're concerned at a lot of levels. We're concerned about the
safety of our students and, frankly, we're concerned about the impact
that this could have on the enrollment of our school. Will
prospective parents want to send their children to a school that is
right across the street from a medical marijuana business?"
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OWOSSO - Jars of marijuana buds sat neatly on a counter in the
dispensing room of The Health Club in Owosso's Dutchtown as staff
members took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Shiawassee
Regional Chamber ambassadors Monday.
As the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed
the business into Owosso, Vice President Sue Kadlek noted The Health
Club isn't the first medical marijuana business to become a chamber
member. Green Today Cannabis Certification Services and Mother
Nature's Choice in Owosso became members earlier in 2010.
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CORUNNA - The Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners Thursday will
consider passing a six-month extension to its moratorium on medical
The moratorium, originally passed by the board in August 2010, was to
last six months and affect property under the county's zoning
jurisdiction. Cities within the county, as well as the townships of
Owosso and Caledonia, handle their own zoning regulations.
Community Development Director Peter Preston said the county planning
commission is in the process of developing new zoning regulations to
keep up with state law. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was
approved by voters in 2008.
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DURAND - Durand has joined a long list of municipalities in the
county and across the state that are giving themselves breathing
space in deciding how to deal with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.
Monday, the Durand City Council unanimously approved a 180-day
moratorium on opening marijuana dispensaries within the city limits
while it considers where and under what conditions the facilities
would be allowed.
"We aren't here to try to evade the medical marijuana law in Michigan
- - people voted for it overwhelmingly," City Attorney Charles McKone
said at the regular council meeting.
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CALEDONIA TWP. - Caledonia Township is one step closer to approving a
zoning ordinance amendment to address medical marijuana businesses
following Tuesday's board meeting.
The Caledonia Township Board of Trustees approved the first reading
of a proposed amendment to Caledonia Township's zoning ordinance
meant to address medical marijuana businesses.
The amendment is scheduled for a second reading and council approval
at the March township board meeting.
According to a memorandum from Township Zoning Administrator Doug
Piggott, the zoning ordinance amendment would "prohibit a primary
caregiver operating as a home occupation or any other commercial
growing or distribution operations including cooperatives and dispensaries."
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OWOSSO -- Medical marijuana in the city of Owosso will not be
regulated by a city ordinance -- at least for the time being.
The Owosso City Council did not move ahead with two proposed zoning
ordinance amendments that would limit the areas that medical
marijuana producers would be able to operate within the city limits
during its meeting Monday night.
The council voted to pull the two proposed changes from the consent
agenda during the meeting at the request of city staff. By pulling
the proposals, the council did not set a public hearing, which is
required to have the ordinance changes move forward.
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OVID - Blacked-out windows, surveillance cameras and security guards
soon may be requirements for medical marijuana businesses hoping to
set up shop in the village of Ovid.
The precautions are just a few of the recommendations the village
council is considering as it works to create a zoning ordinance for
future pot shops.
Monday, the village planning commission presented council members
with a list of recommendations for a zoning ordinance in the works
for medical marijuana businesses.
Following an individual's request to set up a medical marijuana
business in the village, the council imposed a 90-day land use
moratorium on commercial medical marijuana-based entities, which took
effect July 12. The moratorium includes a provision that would allow
the council to extend it if necessary.
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OWOSSO - A committee created by the Owosso City Council to give the
city direction on how to enforce the provisions of the Michigan
Medical Marijuana Act has come up a recommendation.
The committee, comprised of council members Chris Eveleth, Mike
Erfourth, Cindy Popovitch and Memorial Healthcare's Dr. Margaret
Snow, agreed to recommend to the city council that medical marijuana
can only be grown by caregivers in areas zoned R-1 and I-1 within the
In the residential zone, only one caregiver could grow marijuana in
each dwelling. Committee members feared that allowing multiple
growers in one residence could be classified as a business, since the
Act allows for caregivers to grow and sell marijuana for up to five
patients, and therefore does not fit the zoning regulations found in R-1.
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OWOSSO -- The City Council decided not to move forward with a
moratorium on businesses associated with medical marijuana during its
meeting Monday night.
However, the council did decide to create a subcommittee to further
explore how the Medical Marijuana Act that Michigan voters approved in
2008 ties in with the city's zoning regulations.
"This is a major discussion probably with every city in the state,"
interim city manager Donald Crawford said, noting ordinances recently
passed in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills completely banning medical
marijuana are being challenged by the ACLU.
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CORUNNA -- The City Council Monday approved a six-month moratorium on
permits or licenses for those hoping to open up medical
marijuana-related businesses in the city.
The moratorium will give the city council and the planning commission
six months to look into potential modifications to the code of
ordinances that may establish regulations to control the sale and
dispensation of medical marijuana, according to the resolution.
"There are several grey areas that have been pointed out that
different communities are struggling with," City Manager Joe Sawyer
said, adding these grey areas are creating difficulties for local
communities that are trying to grasp how medical marijuana businesses
fit into local zoning. "It has to do with where can this be sold,
under what conditions, what terms, what zoning does it belong in."
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CALEDONIA TWP. - The township will not be home to a new medical
marijuana dispensary - at least not yet.
The Caledonia Township Zoning Board of Appeals, following a
recommendation from its zoning administrator stating that such a
facility wasn't legal as proposed, decided Wednesday night it would
keep the dispensary from opening within the township.
The dispensary was proposed by Perrinton resident Doug Markva. It was
slated to be located at 2611 E. M-21, Suite A.
During a previous interview with The Argus-Press, Markva said the shop
would contain 12 lockers that could be rented out to caregivers who
would grow marijuana elsewhere. The caregivers would rent the lockers
for $50 apiece and bring in any excess marijuana they grow. The
marijuana in the lockers would then be sold by his dispensary to other
caregivers or patients in need, whose medical marijuana credentials
would be checked.
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CALEDONIA TWP. -- A Perrinton man whose business plan for a medical
marijuana dispensary was denied by the Caledonia Township zoning
administrator plans to appeal the decision.
Doug Markva will appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday to present his plan for a dispensary at 2611 E. M-21, Suite A.
Markva encourages the public to come to the appeal and hear about his
plans, which he said are well thought out.
"I'm not trying to do anything illegal," he said.
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OWOSSO -- A new area office is working to try and connect people with
diseases covered by the Michigan Marijuana Program with participating
doctors -- and defeat the negative stereotypes associated marijuana use.
Christina Sheerin, of Lansing, has opened Green Today Cannabis
Certification Services, 428 Corunna Ave., an office that provides
medical marijuana certifications and renewals, patient-caregiver
referrals and education classes on how to grow your own marijuana.
Many family doctors do not participate in the medical marijuana
program, and therefore they do not write certifications for their
patients to get marijuana. Sheerin said her business seeks to
connect these patients with a doctor that is willing to write a certification.
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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY - After police raid a methamphetamine lab, many
wheels begin turning.
Police begin to collect evidence and conduct interviews to build a
case against those operating the lab. Suspects hire lawyers, a number
of court dates are scheduled, and eventually the process potentially
climaxes with a jail sentence for the suspected parties.
However, often overlooked in the process is the actual site of the
The cooking of methamphetamine creates hazardous material
contamination, and any space that hosts one of these cook sites must
be decontaminated in order to be inhabited again.
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OWOSSO - The passage of The Medical Marijuana Act by Michigan voters
in 2008 opened the door for the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.
However, the new law, which did not outline any way for marijuana to
be distributed to patients, has left local municipalities scrambling
to figure out ways to monitor or regulate marijuana dispensaries and
growing operations in their own jurisdictions.
According to James McCurtis Jr., a public information officer for the
Michigan Department of Community Health, the state agency charged
with administering the Act, the law lacks language that outlines the
distribution of marijuana.
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Dianne Byrum has heard the stories about countless individuals in
Michigan who are in pain.
Byrum has listened to "dozens upon dozens" of terminally ill cancer
patients, others dying of AIDS and others in severe pain from
multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.
"You will hear all kinds of stories off the record," Byrum said,
"where you have constant vomiting and people who can barely move they
are hurting so much."
Each of the personal stories Byrum hears includes a plea for akind of
relief that is currently illegal.
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