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(MMM), other types of facilities— City council voted to repeal what the general public would the only ordinance the city had describe as “dispensaries”— will have regarding medical marijuana and fur-to wait until Dec. 15, 2017, when ther voted to establish a moratorium they can apply for a State of Michigan on enforcing the respective ordi-license under the new law (Medical nance, citing incompatibility with Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act new state of Michigan regulations (MMFLA), PA 281 of 2016). While PA 281 was signed and court orders. Nevertheless, the council’s by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on recent actions do not give medical Sept. 21, 2016, it did come with a marijuana growers free reign as the 360-day delay in implementation to city seeks to formulate a legal and enable the Michigan Department of workable solution. Licensing and Regulatory Affairs “Caregivers, which are lim-(LARA) to establish the licensing sys-ited to 72 plants and five patients, are tem that is demanded by the new act. The law requires an annual the only ones that can operate legally as of right now,” Douglas Zoning license for the following named enti-ties: growers, proces-sors, provisioning centers, secure trans-porters, and safety compliance facili-ties. The language does not refer to dis-pensaries whatsoev-er, instead choosing the designation “provisioning cen-ters” licensees that can allow them to purchase marijuana from a grower or Tammy Jacobi (inset) seeks marijuana permit processor to sell, supply, or Efrain Sandoval Correspondent provide marijuana to patients, direct-ly or through the patient’s caregiver. “Any time after Dec. 15, 2017 is the earliest an applicant may submit an application to the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board (MMLB) for consideration. “Any time after Dec. 15, 2017, a municipality that wants to allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within boundaries would adopt an ordinance allowing one or more of the specific types of facilities authorized by the MMFLA,” informs an Oct. 31, 2016 Q&A paper provid-ed to municipalities by Catherine Mullhaupt, a staff attorney with the Michigan Townships Association. Again, city officials voted to repeal the previous ordinance on grounds the city’s May 2013 ordi-nance—which regulated medical marijuana facilities by means of zon-ing, establishing an overlay district within which registered primary care-givers will be able to operate—did not conform to the recent State of Michigan law (Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), PA 281 of Sept. 21, 2016 and recent court orders. “The objective of the 2016 law is to commercialize the growing of medical marijuana. They (state leg-islatures) want everything standard-ized so that patients know what they are getting; they (registered patients) would have regulated products they can depend on,” said Imus. PA 281 fills some of the legal holes that arose from the citizen-initiated law of 2008 (MMMA), which makes medical marijuana use legal for qualified patients and allows registered caregivers to provide to those patients (it allows up to five patients per caregiver). The recent development was triggered when licensed caregiver Tammy Jacobi went to the city to request a permit to open a medical marijuana operation two weeks ago. Jacobi is purchasing a building along the Blue Star Highway (the old Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau build-ing) to set up shop. The city, however, was unprepared for her—it doesn’t have an application for such a permit.