Ordinances 567, 568, 569 and 570, all to do with recreational marijuana and related to temporarily opting out of permitting marijuana establishments and facilities in the city, had a first reading at the Hastings City Council Monday.
First readings of ordinances allows the council the two weeks between meetings to find out more about the changes proposed in the ordinances, with action expected the next regular meeting of the council.
The main point in the changes to the ordinances: all marijuana facilities and operations in the city are banned for one year, until May, 30, 2020, unless the council extends it.
Michigan voters approved legalized recreational marijuana for use and possession of specified amounts for those over 21; the Michigan Department of Licensing Affairs will develop administrative rules to govern the new facilities, however, the rules will not be in place until late this year or early next year.
The act allows cities and villages to completely ban or limit marijuana facilities and it is inadvisable to have unregulated facilities in the city. It is recommended the city opt out until the state develops the rules to regulate the establishments.
Unlike medical marijuana facilities, municipalities must opt out of the recreational marijuana facilities. Medical marijuana facilities are allowed only if a municipality opts in; Hastings did not opt in and no medical marijuana facilities are allowed in the city. All of the ordinances changes are to the Hastings Code of 1970.
Ordinance 567 adds an article prohibiting the establishment or operation of any and all categories of marijuana establishments in the city.
Ordinance 568 adds an article explaining the recreational marijuana law and the recommendation that the city opt out of permitting recreational marihuana establishments until the state develops rules to regulate the establishments at the state level.
Ordinance 569 adds an article that lists definitions relating to marijuana.
Ordinance 570 adds the prohibition of marijuana facilities to Section 90-780 of Article IX of Chapter 90 of the Code of Ordinances.