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City Launches Community Engagement Strategy for Adult Use Marijuana Regulations

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, August 30, 2021

August 30, 2021 - The City Commission’s Ad Hoc Committee for Adult Use Marijuana has launched a formal, focused series of engagement opportunities to help shape the development of how adult use marijuana will be regulated within the City of Traverse City.

Public input on the proposed regulations will be accepted through an online survey that will launch on September 3rd through September 12th and with an in person open house a the open house on September 8, 2021 at the City Opera House from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm.   When the online survey has been launched, the city will officially announce it, along with a link to the survey.

“The City Commission Ad Hoc Committee has worked carefully with the Planning and Zoning Department to build foundational recommendations for the public to provide input. Engaging the public on this initiative is critical to thoughtfully moving forward with adoption regulations for Adult Use Marijuana facilities within the City,” says City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.

The online survey and in person open house will provide the informational background on adult use marijuana regulations within the City and the methodologies used to create an overlay zoning districts with ten subareas. The public will be asked to provide input on zoning districts, the number of retail facilities, and factors that should be considered when allowing retail facilities, to name a few.

On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved the legalization of cannabis for recreational use (adult use). The City Commission has since been working to implement regulations to allow adult use marijuana retail facilities within the City.  In 2019, the City issued 13 licenses for Provisioning Centers (medical marijuana retail stores). Currently, 12 medical marijuana locations have maintained a license.

To learn more about the Adult Use Marijuana Regulations and community engagement, visit  https://www.traversecitymi.gov/adultuse.asp