by Patrice Johnson
In its regular monthly meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Stockbridge Township Board voted 3 to 2 in favor of allowing all aspects of marijuana production, sale and distribution in the local community. Spelled marihuana by the state of Michigan, marijuana’s five aspects include growing, provisioning, transportation, processing and testing/safety, and compliance. In addition, the board modified its previously tabled ordinances to allow dispensaries as well.
Voting in favor were Supervisor C.G. Lantis, Trustee Ed Wetherell, and Clerk Becky Muraf. Trustee Terry Sommer and Treasurer Kris Lauckner voted in opposition.
Approximately 15 local residents attended.
The vote came on the heels of the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s release of “Emergency Rules” on July 3. Almost two years ago, the board tabled the issue due to public outcry. After a statewide vote to allow recreational and medical use of the federally prohibited substance in Michigan, local municipalities now have the option to participate via enacting ordinances. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency Releases Emergency Rules.
Aug. 23, 2017, Stockbridge Community News reported on the township board’s tabling of “proposed ordinances that could allow five key components of the medical marijuana industry to take root in the township: growing, provisioning, transportation, processing, and testing/safety compliance…until LARA, Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, issued regulatory rules.” (“Civil Discourse on Medical Marijuana Prevails at Township Board Meeting,” SCN, Aug. 23.) https://stockbridgecommunitynews.com/civil-discourse-…ip-board-meeting/