Wyandotte Joins Growing List of Michigan Cities Placing Moratoriums on Medical Pot Facilities
Wyandotte officials decide to not issue certificates of occupancy to any medical marijuana facility until the Michigan Court of Appeals announces its ruling on their legality.
Wyandotte officials have joined a growing list of Michigan communities taking steps to keep medical marijuana facilities out of their communities.
Wyandotte officials voted unanimously at Monday night's City Council meeting to enact a moratorium on issuing any certificates of occupancies for medical marijuana facilities until the Michigan Court of Appeals makes a ruling on their legality.
A few days earlier, on Aug. 8, Macomb Township's Board of Trustees put in place a 120-day moratorium on possessing or using medical marijuana in order to give the township time to consider its legal options for zoning vendors.
Wyandotte City Engineer Mark Kowalewski proposed the matter, which directs City Attorney William Look to draft a city ordinance regarding the moratorium.
“The Michigan Court of Appeals has recently made a ruling on the regulation of medical marijuana by cities,” Kowalewski said. “There is also another case scheduled to go before another panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals on this issue. It is my recommendation that a moratorium be adopted concerning any application for a certificate of occupancy for a medical marijuana facility until further clarification on the law may be received and to allow the city to consider the necessity of licensing and making amendments to the zoning ordinance concerning locations of the facilities.”
About five medical marijuana facilities have applied to open in Wyandotte and all have been denied, Kowalewski said.