The Allegan Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing to receive community input on the possibility of allowing Adult and Medical Marihuana Facilities within the city limits in the future. A fist of multiple public hearings has been set  for Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 6:00pm. This first public hearing is just for the community to make statements regarding marihuana facilities. The public hearing will be held at the Griswold Auditorium at 401 Hubbard Street. The public is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

On Tuesday November 6, 2018 the voters in the State of Michigan voted to legalize recreational marihuana with 57% approval, and in the City of Allegan, the proposal passed with 58% approval. Since this proposal passed state wide, the City was asked to make a decision as to whether the City should opt in and allow marijuana establishments or if the City should opt out and not allow marihuana establishments.

 The term “marihuana establishments” encompass seven types of businesses.

  1. Growers – Grow and package marijuana for sale to processors or provisioning centers.
  2. Processors – Extract resin from marijuana or create marijuana-infused products to sale to provisioning centers.
  3. Provisioning centers – Sell marijuana to patients or caregivers.
  4. Secure transporters – Store and transport marijuana between facilities.
  5. Safety compliance facilities – Test marijuana for contaminants and proper chemical levels.
  6. Marihuana retailer - Sells or otherwise transfers marijuana to marihuana establishments or to individuals over 21.
  7. Marihuana microbusiness – Cultivates up to 150 plants, processes marijuana from those plants, and sells or transfers it to individuals over 21 or to safety compliance facilities.

At their January 28th meeting, the Allegan City Council passed ordinance 475, which established the City’s position to opt out. City Council then directed the Planning Commission to begin studying the City’s options for authorizing and regulating marihuana establishments under the new law, which includes holding at least one public hearing to seek public input, and then preparing and submiting a report to City Council by December 1, 2019 with a recommendation on how the city should proceed with this issue. Ordinance 475 will afford the city the opportunity to make sure it has a good understanding and solid foundation on how it wants to proceed, while at the same time, ensures no marihuana establishment can open within the City of Allegan in case the State of Michigan gets the licensing portion of the of the program up and running prior to the City of Allegan making a formal decision.

Attached are a list of reports that will be studied by the Planning Commission and staff in preparation of a future decision being made:

State of Michigan Marihuana Regulation
2017 CSU Pueblo County Cannabis Impact Study
2017 HIDTA Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact
2018 Impacts of Marijuana Leglization in Colorado
2018 Update- HIDTA Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact
Kansas City Fed- The Economic Effects of the Marijuana Industry in Colorado

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