GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids is taking steps toward potentially allowing marijuana dispensaries within the city.
In reaction to a citizen petition in the works, the city planning commission plans to discuss later this month an ordinance proposal to open the door for dispensaries in certain zoning districts.
After a recommendation is made by city planners, the proposal would then move to the city commission for discussion and eventually a vote.
“We need a Grand Rapids-specific solution if we’re going to do this and we’re trying to find a smart way to manage this that maintains the quality of life and maintains balance in our business district,” said Suzanne Schulz, the planning commission’s director of design, development and community engagement
Last month, a resident-led group announced its Smart & Safe GR campaign aimed at bringing licensed and properly regulated medicinal marijuana facilities to Grand Rapids through a November 2018 ballot proposal.
The group is attempting to collect signatures from 10,000 residents interested in a city ordinance to opt into the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act to authorize marijuana dispensaries.