On Jan. 5, 2017, Michigan State University Extension announced that it will give workshops on Michigan’s new medical marijuana laws to local governments as a means of helping municipalities navigate the updated regulatory landscape.
The three laws, signed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Sept. 21, 2016, reformed the regulatory infrastructure of the state’s medical marijuana industry, by requiring the use of seed-to-sale tracking, implementing a 3% tax on retailers and creating distinct licenses for specific commercial roles in the industry, as well as legalizing marijuana-infused products.
Public Act 281 is of particular importance for local governments as it authorizes each municipality to regulate the number and location of medical marijuana facilities within its jurisdiction.
According to Mark Wyckoff, senior associate director of the MSU Land Policy Institute and director of the Planning and Zoning Center at MSU, “There is no right answer other than communities making an informed choice that works for that community. The training will help communities understand these risks and how to evaluate them.”
The workshops take place in February and March. Each workshop runs from 6-9 p.m, costing regular local officials $55 and Master Citizen Planners $50. Master Citizen Planners who attend will earn three hours of continuing education credits. Those interested in attending must register by Feb. 13.