Berkley City Council Hosting Town Hall on Marijuana Feb. 19

Berkley City Council Hosting Town Hall on Marijuana Feb. 19

(City of Berkley, Jan. 22, 2019)

Berkley, MI – The Berkley City Council has scheduled a town hall meeting to provide information regarding the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (Proposal 1) and obtain resident feedback pertaining to whether marihuana establishments should be allowed in the City of Berkley. This includes commercial marihuana growers, marihuana retailers, marihuana safety compliance facility; marihuana secure transporter or any other type of marihuana-related business. The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 6:30 pm until 8 pm at the Community Center, 2400 Robina Avenue.

Guest speaker Christopher Johnson, General Counsel for the Michigan Municipal League, will open the meeting with updates from Lansing, followed by a Q & A session. Comment cards will be available for residents to share their views on whether they favor allowing marihuana businesses in Berkley and, if so, the types of marihuana businesses and where they might operate.

Under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act approved by state voters in November, municipalities may decide, by ordinance, to prohibit or restrict marihuana establishments within their boundaries. The rights of individuals over the age of 21, under the new state law, to purchase, possess and use up to 2.5 ounces and to grow up to 12 plants for personal consumption, and to keep up to 10 ounces at one’s residence, would not be affected or diminished by any such ordinance.

A proposed ordinance to prohibit marihuana establishments was introduced at the November 19th council meeting; however, Councilmembers wanted more information about the state licensing process, possible impacts on the community and more resident input before finalizing the ordinance.

“We really want to engage our residents in this process so that as a council, we consider all available information before making this important decision,” Berkley Mayor Dan Terbrack said. “We want to make sure whatever decision we make is in the best interest of our City.”

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