On September 21, 2016, Gov. Snyder signed three new laws that clarify and add to the state’s voter-approved Michigan Medical Marijuana Act from 2008. The new laws give local governments the authority to regulate the location and number of medical marijuana provisioning centers, allow marijuana-infused products, and create a “seed-to-sale” tracking system to ensure that any marijuana being dispensed to patients has been tested for safety. The bills are now PA 281-283 of 2016.

This workshop is an opportunity for local government officials to learn about options in prohibiting or accepting and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries, growing facilities, processing, product testing, and transport facilities. The workshop will cover:

  • The Overall Regulatory Framework
  • Introduction to the new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act
  • Applications to Planning and Zoning
  • Enforcement Issues
  • State Authority on the Topic
  • Options for how to Proceed

Handouts include a sample ordinance and a copy of the special issue of Planning & Zoning News dedicated to the topic (Sept. 2016), among others.

Where: There are 13 workshop locations/dates (plus a webinar):

Marquette - Marquette Township Hall
1000 Commerce Dr.
March 6 (Instructor - Brad Neumann)

St. Ignace - St. Ignace Public Library
110 West Spruce St.
February 28 (Instructor - Brad Neumann)

Alpena - Alpena Community College
665 Johnson St., Newport Center, Rm 106
March 13 (Instructor - Kurt Schindler)

Traverse City - Michigan Works!
1209 S. Garfield Rd.
February 21 & March 21 (Instructor - Kurt Schindler)

North Muskegon - Laketon Twp. Hall
2735 West Giles Rd.
March 2 (Instructor - Kurt Schindler)

Lawrence - Van Buren Conference Center (Van Buren Co.)
490 S. Paw Paw St.
March 6 (Instructor - Wendy Walker)

Saginaw - Saginaw Twp. Fire Station
6171 Shattuck Rd.
March 8 (Instructor - Wendy Walker)

East Lansing - MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC)
552 W. Circle Dr.
February 28 (Instructor - Mark Wyckoff)

Richmond - Richmond Twp. Hall (Macomb Co.)
34900 School Section Rd.
March 7 (Instructor - Mark Wyckoff)

Livonia - Civic Park Senior Center
15218 Farmington Rd.
February 27 (Instructor - Wendy Walker)

Warren - Warren Community Center
5460 Arden Ave.
March 2 (Instructor - Wendy Walker)

Bessemer - City Hall
411 S. Sophie St.
March 23 (Instructor - Brad Neumann)

All workshops run 6 - 9 p.m. Master Citizen Planners will earn 3 hours of continuing education.

$55 for Regular Registrants
$50 for Master Citizen Planners and groups of two or more from the same municipality

There is a fee of $15 for cancellations after Feb. 20.

Program cost includes extensive handouts and light refreshments.

Webinar: March 30, 6 - 9 p.m. - Identical content to the workshops, this is an option for anyone unable to attend one of the face-to-face events. Handouts to be mailed in advance. URL to be emailed in advance. $35 for individuals; $30 for MCPs.

Preregistration is required. Registration will not be available on-site.

Instructors: All instructors are MSU faculty/staff with professional planning experience.

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Brad Neumann, AICP, Extension Educator, at 906-315-2661 or neuman36@msu.edu.