ANN ARBOR, MI – After a wave of requests from medical marijuana dispensaries seeking approval to operate in Ann Arbor, prompting concerns from some residents, city officials are calling for a temporary moratorium on issuing new permits.
The City Council will consider three resolutions regarding marijuana dispensaries when it meets Monday night, April 16.
One is a resolution to direct the city’s staff to prepare an ordinance amendment to limit the number of dispensaries in the city and to impose a 60-day moratorium on new permits, with the exception of dispensaries whose complete applications for zoning approval already have been accepted by the city for consideration.
“City Council finds it necessary to impose this moratorium in order to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of city residents,” the proposed resolution states.
It’s sponsored by Mayor Christopher Taylor and Council Members Zachary Ackerman, Graydon Krapohl, Julie Grand and Jane Lumm.
The resolution notes state law allows the city to adopt an ordinance stipulating the types of marijuana facilities allowed in the city, as well as limiting the number of each type.