FRUITPORT, MI – Marijuana, whether medicinal or recreational use, is a hot topic in Michigan.
While a group is collecting signatures in hopes of making the legalization of recreational use in Michigan a ballot issue, governmental officials at various levels are navigating and making decisions on medical marijuana facilities.
Despite a state law, Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act of 2008, the issue is decidedly local at this time with county prosecutors and local governments playing key roles.
The village of Fruitport, population 1,100, recently took center stage. The village council considered during a June meeting a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The facility, proposed by a local lawyer and former council member, would have put a grow operation and a dispensary on Third Avenue in the heart of the town.
The village council took the first step to denying the proposed dispensary last month. Council members are scheduled to consider final approval of a resolution at a July 18 meeting.
It is not the first time a Muskegon-area municipality has taken action to outlaw medical marijuana dispensaries.
In addition to banning the facilities