Lyndon Township discusses Marijuana Ordinance





By Lynne Beauchamp, lbeauchamp@thesuntimesnews.com

Will Lyndon Township be among the many municipalities who have chosen to opt out of allowing marijuana establishments within its township?

On July 3, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) issued emergency administrative rules for the purpose of implementing the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA). Signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the emergency rules enable the MRA to fully implement the marijuana proposal that Michigan voters approved in 2018.*

Lyndon Township Zoning Administrator, Scott Pacheco, lead the conversation at Lyndon Township’s regular board meeting on July 9.



Pacheco said the township has until November 1 to decide if it wants to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana establishments in its township.

“You can’t opt out of having residents smoke marijuana or carry marijuana or grow their twelve plants per person twenty one years or older,” Pacheco told the Lyndon Township Board.

Pacheco added that under the rules that the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department adopted, home delivery of marijuana from establishments (like Ann Arbor) is allowed, but was unclear at that time if the rules applied to those municipalities that opted out.

He added for the township to opt out, it needs to be done in the form of an ordinance which needs to be public noticed and adopted prior to the November 1 deadline.

With Lyndon Township Supervisor, Marc Keezer absent from the July 9 board meeting, remaining board members tabled a decision on whether or not to opt out of allowing marijuana establishments within its township.

*www.michigan.gov/lara





Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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