On Monday, the Douglas, MI city council extended a moratorium on medical marijuana for an additional 6 months. The initial 30 day moratorium on new medical marijuana businesses was established on June 1, 2011. It was then extended multiple times, but it expired in October. They have now voted to extend it for half a year in order to have enough time to address their concerns with an ordinance.
The council hopes that the city’s planning commission will be able to reach an agreement on an ordinance that governs medical marijuana’s uses and/or that Michigan courts of legislature will clear up their questions.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2008. Despite statewide approval, municipalities are able to regulate collectives and medical marijuana in their own communities. Douglas first discussed the possibility of collectives opening in their community in the spring of 2011.
The city council voted 5-1 to extend the moratorium six months, with coucil members Bailey, Greenwood, Harvath, Martha Hoexter and Eric Smith in favor. Council member Mayer was opposed.