SALINE, MI – Elected leaders in Saline are hitting pause on accepting new applications for marijuana business permits, just weeks after they instituted rules opening the door to recreational cannabis establishments.
The city learned of a “few deficiencies” in the new marijuana regulations, chief among them day care facilities aren’t included in the 1,000-foot buffer zone from schools the rules mandate for marijuana businesses looking to locate in Saline.
A proposed dispensary at the site of a longtime Saline ice cream shop, Mickey’s Dairy Twist on West Michigan Avenue, brought the issue into the spotlight. As city planners considered zoning approval for the business, residents opposed to the idea pointed out a nearby early childhood education center.
But even if officials modify rules to include state-licensed pre-K and day care centers in the buffer zone, that development is unlikely to be affected.
On Monday, May 9, Saline City Council voted 5-2 to put in place an emergency temporary freeze on accepting and processing new applications for adult-use and medical marijuana facilities.
But all applications the city has already received, including the medical and recreational permit requests for the dispensary at the Diary Twist,