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…
Monday, September 24, 2012
City Council and Planning Commission officials are working on an ordinance pertaining to medical pot growth.
Monday, February 13, 2012
A civil matter in Macomb County Circuit Court involving Big Daddy's Hydroponics will be treated as criminal contempt case, according to the judge.
Despite the Michigan Attorney General's attempt Monday to shut down Big Daddy's Hydroponics, the medical marijuana compassion center remains open. Big Daddy's lawyer Corbett O'Meara convinced Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John Foster Monday to change the civil matter into a criminal contempt complaint against the Chesterfield Township business. O'Meara argued that converting the type of case means owners Rick and Sue Ferris will receive due process—something Attorney General Bill Schuette would have deprived them under the civil complaint, he said. "The law is very clear and the attorney general was very confused," O'Meara said. "He wanted it to become civil because there would have been a hearing and it would have been shut down today…
Monday, January 23, 2012
City council voted to ask the planning commission to draw an ordinance regulating the distribution of medical marijuana in New Baltimore and imposed a 60-day extension of its dispensary moratorium.
The medical marijuana dispensary debate – which invokes passionate emotions between chronically ill patients and staunch opponents of pot shops across the state – moved a couple miles down the road Monday night. The topic shifted from Chesterfield Township, the hotly contested home of Big Daddy's Hydroponics, to the quaint neighboring town of New Baltimore when City Council expressed mixed feelings about dispensaries. Ultimately rejecting proposals to extend a moratorium on medical pot dispensaries in the city for one year and then failing to approve it for 90 days, a majority of council eventually agreed to extend the moratorium for 60 days. The caveat to the temporary ban: council members voted to request the New Baltimore Planning …