BAY CITY, MI — As nearby townships go all in on medical marijuana, officials in Bay City want to make sure they can also get a piece of the pie.
The Bay City Commission on Monday, Sept. 18, votes on a resolution to opt into the state’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. Approving the resolution sets the table for the city to start crafting specific ordinances related to the medical marijuana industry, but doesn’t tie it down to welcoming manufacturers and dispensaries to town.
“This doesn’t mean that it’s coming to Bay City, it just opens the door,” said Commissioner Ed Clements, 8th Ward, who authored the resolution.
Five votes are needed for approval. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 301 Washington Ave.
At least one commissioner says he has concerns about opting into the medical cannabis industry. Commissioner Lynn Stamiris, 1st Ward, says the city should wait for the “state to get its act together” on the issue before jumping into it.
“It’s kind of like buying a new car in the first year of production,” he said. “There are glitches that come out. I think rather than running and jumping into something like medical marijuana, we let these other communities work out the bugs.”
Other commissioners say by not opting in, the city risks losing millions of dollar in investment.
“Absolutely, you don’t want to miss out on those opportunities,” said Commissioner David Terrasi, 2nd Ward. “I know of many people here who are card-carrying members and travel to Lansing to Genessee County to get their product. We need to keep those dollars here.”
If approved, there’s a lot of work that needs to happen, including crafting ordinances and approving locations for manufacturers and dispensaries, before any applications are received and permits issued.