Saugatuck city marijuana survey due in Friday, May 10
By Scott Sullivan
Saugatuck property owners and residents have until Friday, May 10, to respond to a city survey asking their views on retail medical and recreational marijuana sales within city limits.
Results of the survey, sent with return envelopes April 26, will be explored at a public hearing on the question Thursday, May 16, in city hall, 102 Butler St., at 7 p.m. Responses may be left through a dropbox inside the front door or emailed to planning and zoning director Cindy Osman with “marihuana” in the subject line at Cindy@saugatuckcity.com.
Saugatuck in December opted out on all marijuana facilities pending further study of how the state regulates recreational uses.
Council asked the planning commission to study options under the new act, hold at least one public hearing to seek citizen input, then prepare a report recommendation for action by Dec. 30.
The survey introduces its survey and frames questions thus:
“The State of Michigan has legalized the sale of medical and recreational marijuana by legislation and referendum.
Cities may choose to permit, limit or prohibit retail sales of recreational and/or medical marijuana within their boundaries.
“However, the state has imposed limitations. A retail outlet, whether medical or recreational, cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school, and cannot be in a residential zone district.
“Consumption, that is by smoking, using edibles or tinctures, is not allowed in medical marihuana retail facilities. However, the state is still working on rules governing recreational marijuana retail establishments. It is likely that on-premise consumption will be allowed. Additional limitations can be found on the state website at michigan.gov/bmr.
“We invite you to take this survey. It should take only a couple of minutes of your time and is completely confidential. Your opinions about marihuana retail establishments in the City of Saugatuck are very important to us.
“If there is more than one person in your household that would like to take the survey, additional copies can be picked up at city hall.”
Douglas, which opted in last year on medical marijuana and has licensed provisioning centers going in at 435 and 2918 Blue Star Highway, March 18 passed a six-month recreational pot moratorium pending information regarding implementing and enforcing the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act passed by voters Nov. 6, 2018.
Saugatuck Township March 6 enacted regulations allowing medical marijuana to be grown on I-1 Industrial-zoned parcels by special approval use and provisioning centers by SAU in C-3 Commercial Interchange zones (near Exits 36 and 41), but has banned for the time being recreational marijuana.