2017-09-14 / Front Page

County plans meeting on medical cannabis facilities

The Leelanau County Planning Commission will host a training session on medical marijuana facilities one week from tonight.

The free training session, set for next Thursday, Sept. 21, will be open to interested citizens, but is specifically targeted at members of local planning commissions, professional planners, local government elected officials, appointed administrators, and attorneys.

A program will be presented by Ryan Coffey, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Land Use Government and Public Policy.

A social gathering with snacks and beverages will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. in the lower level community meeting room of the Leelanau County Government Center in Suttons Bay Township. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Under a state Medical Marijuana Licensing Act, municipalities can choose whether to allow any medical marijuana facilities within their borders. The presentation will help village and township governments decide whether and how to either prohibit such facilities or accept and regulate them under new laws.

The session will include a video explaining the overall medical marijuana regulatory environment, the new commercial facilities laws, the state’s role in implementation, and local government options.

Those who plan to attend the session may phone the Leelanau County Planning Department at 256-9812 or send an email to planning@co.leelanau.mi.

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