OWOSSO — City officials are moving closer to creating rules regarding the sale and distribution of medical marijuana in the city.
The Owosso City Council is expected to set a public hearing during its meeting tonight to discuss two proposed additions to the city’s zoning ordinance that would affect the city’s medical marijuana community.
Both proposals were forwarded to the council from the city’s medical marijuana subcommittee.
The first amendment would prohibit any primary residence in a one-family residential district from having more than one primary caregiver in the same dwelling.
Primary caregivers are individuals that have been licensed by the state to grow and cultivate medical marijuana for up to five patients. They can also grow medical marijuana for themselves if they are also a medical marijuana patient.
Each caregiver can grow up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility for each of their patients.
This ordinance addition would also only allow caregiver operations to occur in a “primary residence,” or a one-family dwelling in which the primary caregiver would normally reside.
By including the primary residence portion in the ordinance, committee members said out-of-town people would not be able to rent homes in residential areas with only the purpose of conducting a marijuana growing operation.
The second proposal would allow individual primary caregivers and multiple primary caregivers to operate out of buildings in the city’s light industrial districts.
By restricting commercial growing operations to light industrial zones only, no distribution would be able to take place at retail locations in the city’s business districts.
Neither proposal addresses the growing or distribution of medical marijuana in relation to the proximity of churches or schools.
A public hearing would be Nov. 1, if the council decides to move forward.
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