Medical Marijuana Needs Regulations
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Medical Marijuana Needs Regulations
Posted by CN Staff on June 10, 2010 at 05:49:57 PT
By Lindsay Vanhulle
Source: Record-Eagle
Traverse City, MI -- City leaders and medical marijuana patients and caregivers agree it's important to regulate the growth and distribution of the drug within Traverse City limits.The city wants a foundation from which to address complaints and a way to minimize traffic from such activities in residential areas. And those permitted to grow marijuana want to continue to do so legally without turning their hometown into a haven for outsiders who seek a quick profit.
Both groups met to draft a proposed ordinance, since taken up by the city's planning commission, that is expected to be presented at a public hearing next month."We were really trying to deal with the land-use impacts," city Planning Director Russ Soyring said. "If this operation of growing marijuana was creating a nuisance, we could address the nuisance."Michigan voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2008. Three years prior, 63 percent of Traverse City voters supported a measure that made medical marijuana use, transfer or possession a low priority for law enforcement. The ballot stopped short of legalizing it.The latest ordinance would allow marijuana to be grown in residential and industrial districts, provided plants are kept "within a fully enclosed locked facility inaccessible on all sides."That includes garages and sheds. Central neighborhood resident Adrienne Rossi said she is concerned about an increase in theft or crime that could result from residential marijuana cultivation.Authorized patients or caregivers only would be allowed to transfer the drug between other patients in what are termed "collectives," located in hospital or some commercial districts — including downtown.In the collectives, patients and caregivers wouldn't be able to keep marijuana there between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. They, their parents or guardians, and facility owners and employees would be the only people allowed inside.A city moratorium on sale or distribution permits is set to expire Aug. 19. New rules enacted before then would prevent people from conducting those activities anywhere, City Attorney Karrie Zeits said.Traverse City's ordinance would permit up to 72 plants grown in a single-family home — each patient is allowed 12 plants, and caregivers can grow for five patients — and up to 12 in a multi-family residence.The rules would require the buildings primarily be used as residences."There are some people who want to make this the next Amsterdam," said Bob Cameron, a city resident and medical marijuana caregiver. "We also wanted to protect ourselves so that people don't come to Traverse City and rent a house and turn it all into a growing (operation)."¯Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle (MI)Author: Lindsay VanhullePublished: June 10, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Traverse City Record-EagleContact: letters record-eagle.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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