What You Need to Know About Grand Rapids’ Medical Marijuana Plans

By |2018-08-27T20:25:38+00:00July 12th, 2018|Marijuana News, Municipality Updates, Politics|
  • July 10th’s meeting had a massive turnout, with all in attendance in support of Medical Marijuana
  • The City is deciding between two proposed plans
  • The public is in favor of the Planning Commission’s proposed plan

Grand Rapids had a very large turnout in support of medical marijuana on July 10th. The room was packed to capacity, and not one person was there to speak against the ordinance.

The city is considering two different zoning amendment recommendations, a restrictive option put forth by the planning director, and a more lenient option put forth by the planning commission. Support from the public was largely in favor of the more lenient planning commission recommendation.

While public support leans towards the Planning Commission plan (no annual fee, less restrictive zoning, etc), the implementation of either plan would set Grand Rapids as a massive emerging market for the Cannabis Industry.  It seems the City of Grand Rapids is working on, and truly wants to create a positive system in which patients will have access to their medicine. The details of each proposed plan are as follows:

Planning Director Recommendation

If the city decides to go with the planning director’s recommendation, there is a maximum of 41 parcels that would qualify, many of which are already occupied or not available for sale. It is more realistic to expect 10-15 locations if that ordinance in adopted.

Annual Fee

$5,000

Zoning Requirements

Under this proposal all medical marihuana facilities would be subject to the following separation requirements:

  • 1,000 feet from a child care center, or a public or private K-12 school
  • 1,000 feet from a publicly owned park or playground
  • 1,000 feet from a church or place of worship
  • 1,000 feet from a substance abuse clinic or rehabilitation facility
  • 250 feet from a residential zone district (Article 5)
  • 600 feet from another medical marijuana facility, or facilities located on the same parcel

Adjoining Local Jurisdictions

A 1,000 feet separation distance would be required from uses and residential zone districts in adjoining local jurisdictions.

Grower License Stacking

Permits the stacking of grower licenses to permit more plants than would otherwise be allowed for the license.

Co-Location of Facilities

Allows more that one license (grower, processor, and/or provisioning center) to be located on the same parcel.

Other Requirements

  • Good Neighbor Plan
  • Voluntary Equitable Development Agreement

Planning Commission Recommendation

Annual Fee

None

Zoning Requirements

Under this proposal zoning restrictions vary based on facility type.

Provisioning Centers(Show info)

  • 1,000 feet from a child care center, or a public or private K-12 school
  • 1,000 feet from a publicly owned park or playground
  • 1,000 feet from another facility, or facilities located on the same parcel

Growers(Show info), Processors(Show info), Secure Transporters(Show info), and Safety Compliance Facilities(Show info)

  • 1,000 feet from child care centers, or a public or private K-12 school
  • 600 feet from another medical marijuana facility, or facilities located on the same parcel

Adjoining Local Jurisdictions

A 1,000 feet separation distance would not be required from uses and residential zone districts in adjoining local jurisdictions.

Grower License Stacking

Permits the stacking of grower licenses to permit more plants than would otherwise be allowed for the license.

Co-Location of Facilities

Allows more that one license (grower, processor, and/or provisioning center) to be located on the same parcel.

Other Requirements

None


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Stephanie Goodman
Real estate broker, investor, and serial entrepreneur