CADILLAC – Cadillac City Council members recently witnessed firsthand how a large marijuana manufacturing facility works, and on Monday they voted for a public hearing that could result in such an operation coming to Cadillac.
Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said council members and staff were visiting an operation about 25 to 30 minutes away, adding that it was “remarkable” to see it up close.
Peccia said the proposed changes to the city’s recreational and medical marijuana ordinances would allow such an “industrial facility” to be built within the city’s industrial park.
According to agenda documents containing the wording of the proposed amendment to the ordinance, “The city wishes to amend Section 10-2 of the City Code to remove restrictions on marijuana licenses for certain establishments, remove stacking restrictions for recreational marijuana growers in industrial areas, and allow equivalents” . Licenses for operation at the same location, insofar as this is permitted under state law. “
An almost identical ordinance change has been proposed for medical marijuana establishments: “The city wants to amend Section 10-3 of the City Code to remove marijuana license caps for establishments other than supply centers that remove stacking restrictions for medical marijuana growers in industrial areas , and allow equivalent licenses to be operated at the same location, insofar as this is permitted under state law. “
Under the proposed change, each facility or facility is considered a separate facility or facility when a licensee holds equivalent licenses on a single property.
Equivalent license means one of the following licenses held by a single licensee: a marijuana cultivation license of any class, a marijuana processing license, a marijuana staging center license, a marijuana secure transporter license; and a marijuana safety compliance facility license.
Currently, the city limits the number of Class A, B and C producers to one each. It also limits the number of processors, safe transporters, and safety compliance facilities to one. The change would allow an unlimited number of these facilities in the city.
The change would allow the approval of stacked producer licenses in facilities in the light industry and general industry zones. Stacked grower licenses are currently banned in the city.
Councilor Bryan Elenbaas asked for clarification on the regulation changes and whether they would allow growth centers to operate in residential areas. Peccia responded that the changes only apply to operations within the industrial park, adding that the city’s restrictions on the number of retail and supply centers will remain the same under the proposed changes.
The Council unanimously decided to schedule the public hearing on the proposed amendments to the regulation for December 6th.
During a public comment, local resident Randy Lindell said he wondered why none of the amendments were discussed before the November elections.
“Nobody said that the sky’s the limit for marijuana,” said Lindell. “It’s a shame.”
Lindell concluded that with meth use so high in the area, it might make more sense for the city to set up a meth clinic than facilitate the making of marijuana.
Also on Monday, the council unanimously voted to keep council member Tiyi Schippers as the mayor’s protest.
The council also approved a request from employees to approve $ 7,500 to approve a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to pay for efforts to protect the wells.
According to Council documents, the city has worked with Fleis and Vandenbrink in the past on issues related to the protection of wells, including services related to the last round of EGLE funding. Fleis and Vandenbrink have completed wellhead protection work for the Crosby Well well site and are currently in the middle of the wellhead protection plan at 44 Road.
The council authorized Utilities Director Jeff Dietlin to sign the grant documentation on behalf of the city.
In addition, due to the historical knowledge based on previous protection work for boreholes that had been made available to the city, the city council refrained from tendering and commissioned Fleis and Vandenbrink with the administration of the borehole protection grant.
The total cost of the project is $ 14,500 with 50% of the cost being reimbursed through the grant. Funds for this project are available in the budget for FY2022 in the water and wastewater fund.