The Ypsilanti City Council approved a moratorium, which prohibits licenses to sell or dispense medical marijuana for another 60 days. The temporary suspension was set to expire in mid-February and will now end April 1. It was designed to give city staff more time to finish working out the details concerning policies. Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act was passed in 2008 by more than 60 percent of the state’s voters. Since it was approved, municipalities throughout the state have been given the task of creating policies and processes regarding the facilities.
“It’s been a real task that was handed to us by the state without a lot of direction and we’ve had to do the best we can,” said Mayor Paul Schreiber after Tuesday night’s meeting. After a lengthy discussion, Council gave first approval to a resolution for the medical marijuana licensing ordinance. It was passed 4-3. Schreiber said he was happy with the outcome of the meeting and that the first reading of the ordinance was passed. It was previously tabled at the Jan. 11 meeting. “We’re moving ahead,” he said.
The second reading will occur at the Feb. 15 meeting. If given a second approval, applicants will have 45 days before they can try to get a license. The ordinance lays out the process to obtain the one-year, non-transferable license. The policy is similar to other permits.
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