Sturgis to allow medical marijuana facilities

After several months of debate, Sturgis city commissioners last week voted by a 5-4 margin on a second reading of an ordinance that would allow all five types of medical marijuana facilities.

The five areas are growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers and safety-compliance facilities. Any of the five types would be allowed to locate in manufacturing districts, though provisioning centers would be allowed only in commercial districts.

The ordinance reflected the planning commission’s two-time recommendation that the buffer between commercial medical marijuana facilities and schools be 1,000 feet, and the buffer between provisioning centers and public parks, churches and residential areas be 250 feet.

The ordinance will go into effect Oct. 5, but the city will not accept applications prior to Nov. 1. Potential applicants must obtain permits from the city before they may apply for state licensure.

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