Friday, February 8, 2013
The much debated medical marijuana issue is going back to the planning commission.
New Baltimore will re-examine its highly debated medical marijuana ordinance after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday against dispensaries. The city has not decided whether it will redraft its ordinance that allows dispensaries in the industrial district. That document is slated to go back to the planning commission for language updates and amendment suggestions by the city attorney, Clerk Marcia Shinska said Friday. But the recent court ruling will be considered during the process, she said. The council majority voted last December in favor of a medical marijuana dispensary moratorium from January until March 1. The moratorium, which has been extended multiple times, allowed for the city to get the dispensary ordinance in place. When…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The federal appeals court officially denied a petition this month to remove marijuana from a list of substances “with no accepted medical use.”
Friday, December 14, 2012
Readers are asked to weigh in on the recently passed ordinance regarding medical marijuana growth.
New Baltimore City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance earlier this week after months of debates. The council majority passed the proposed ordinance allowing dispensaries in the city's industrial district, an area not far behind the U.S. Post Office off 23 Mile. It requires medical marijuana establishments to be 1,200 feet away from primary or secondary schools and residential cultivation is prohibited in the city. Tell us what your thoughts on the topic in the comment section below.
Monday, December 10, 2012
A majority of New Baltimore City Council approved medical marijuana dispensaries in the industrial district.
Following months of debates, New Baltimore City Council approved a medical marijuana ordinance Monday night. The council majority approved the proposed ordinance allowing dispensaries in the city's industrial district, an area not far behind the U.S. Post Office off 23 Mile, Councilman Karl Rutledge said. Under the ordinance, medical marijuana establishments cannot be within 1,200 feet of primary or secondary schools in the city, he said. "I am glad that we have taken the first step," Rutledge, who also has served on the planning commission, said after the motion passed. "Now we have guidelines in place. It's very difficult to tell a business owner who you can and can't sell your property to." The ordinance is aimed at setting clear, …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Medical marijuana advocate Rick Thompson writes of pending legislation regarding medical pot.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The council turned down the proposed ordinance to allow residential cultivation at its Wednesday night meeting.
A majority of New Baltimore City Council rejected a proposed ordinance that would pave way for residential medical marijuana cultivation in the community. The 4-3 vote Wednesday night took place after months of debates regarding the cultivation issue and several medical pot dispensary moratorium extensions. However, a separate proposal to allow industrial growth is expected to go before council in upcoming weeks, according to city officials. Mayor Larry Smith said Thursday he cast the tie-breaking vote against residential growth because he doesn't believe it will be positive for the city. He also cited confusion and ambiguity in Michigan's Medical Marihuana Act. "It's a poorly written law," Smith said of the MMA. In the past, critics of …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
New Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch recaps the news from last week.
Miss the latest headlines from Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore? Here's a recap of the news from this past week:
New Baltimore City Council has engaged in long debates about medical marijuana cultivation.
The latest council medical marijuana cultivation discussion in New Baltimore acknowledged a controversial dispensary's plans to open in the city. Without directly naming the business, Councilman Ken Butler said its desire to move to the community while a medical marijauna ordinance is being drafted "makes it incredibly difficult." He referred Monday night to the business "that looks like a super head shop," saying "that's not what we need." The conversation came as council extended a medical marijuana moratorium for 60 days, with plans to mull over proposed ordinances for cultivation in upcoming weeks. Council and Planning Commission officials have been on the same page about allowing industrial growth but have disagreed on residential …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The regularly held New Baltimore City Council meeting took place Monday night at City Hall on Green Street.
From the medical marijuana debate to the highly anticipated public harbor, New Baltimore City Council ruled Monday night on multiple issues. Among them were: Council approved: Council rejected: Council tabled: Check back with Patch for more coverage of the meeting.
Medical marijuana advocate Rick Thompson informs readers about Dr. William L. Courtney's presentation on raw cannabis.