Is Your Community Ready for Recreational Marijuana?
By Andy Moore, AICP
The possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over in Michigan was approved by Michigan voters on November 6, 2018 and became effective in December 2018. Known first as Proposal 1 (2018), the new law (the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, abbreviated MRTMA) has several implications for municipalities. The MTRMA allows individuals to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes, and it also further provides for the establishment of commercial business operations that can grow, process, sell, transport and/or distribute marijuana to consumers. As with the 2016 Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA), the MRTMA allows municipalities decide whether they will allow these types of “marijuana establishments” within their boundaries.