Farmington finalizes ban on marijuana businesses

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Farmington city council members on Monday finalized a ban on businesses allowed under Michigan’s new recreational marijuana law.

As of April 1, more than 400 Michigan communities had – at least initially – decided to prohibit retailers, growers, processors, testing labs, and transporters.

During previous discussions, city manager David Murphy said city staff recommended the action at least until state officials approve administrative rules for the businesses. Council members added language that will bring the ordinance up for review within 60 days following adoption of those rules.

The ordinance does not affect citizens, who are already free to indulge in their homes, carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, grow up to 12 plants, and gift marijuana to friends and relatives.

Resident Sarah Davies during public comment urged officials to wait and host a town hall meeting on the subject. She said she’d seen comments from at least 50 locals on various social media platforms and believes a lot of misinformation has circulated.

“I don’t think (citizens) differ with you, I think they want to speak with you,” she said, adding that three-minute public comments don’t allow an opportunity for conversation.

“Our public safety director, our city manager, and our city attorney are all recommending this opt out for the time being,” Mayor Steven Schneemann said before the 5-0 vote. “I appreciate their diligence and research in bringing this to our attention.”