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February 7 2017 Work Session Summary

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Buchanan City Hall

Pursuant to Charter Section 6.2 the Work Session was called to listen and learn about the Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan and their potential impact on the City of Buchanan.  The Assistant City Attorney will explain the content of the laws.  Staff from State Representative Pagel’s office will provide a perspective from the State level.
Prior to the meeting the public was asked to print their questions on forms that were provided and deposit them into a basket for response either at the end of the meeting or at a later date.

The Mayor called the Work session to order at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioner’s present: Carla Cole, Brenda Hess, Patricia Moore, Dale Toerne, Dan Vigansky        
Absent:                none
Plan Commissioner’s Present: Curt Plomb, Ralph McDonald, Dale Toerne
Absent:                                    Jason Lietz, Richard Gault, Kevin Barker, Bill Norton
Staff:                               City Manager Bill Marx, Zoning Administrator Debra Patzer, Assistant City Attorney Rick Racht, Clerk Gladys Bybee
Guests:    Benjamin Eikey, Legislative Director for Representative Dave Pagel

The Mayor did Introductions and announced House Rules.  She stated the power point presentation from the Attorney is lengthy and after hearing from the Representatives Office and Staff, if time allowed, legal questions could be heard from the public.

Attorney Racht explained his power point presentation on the Medical Marijuana Law.

Director Eikey announced his telephone number and explained that the Legislators are working on the details (applications and license procedure) required by Michigan Act 1409.

The City Manager suggested that the Commission approve two public hearings on February 16th and 20th at 7:00 p.m. at their regular Commission meeting Monday evening.

After the collection of one written question, the Mayor read the questions and Staff responded.  

William Haas, 1315 Stateline Road asked if his interpretation of the dispensary was correct?
Josh, 14552 Red Arrow Highway was appreciative of the proactive nature and asked if it was too early to present plans to a municipality?
Johnnie Wallace, 1103 N Redbud Trail asked what the costs for a license would be?
Commissioner Vigansky asked if hemp would be used?
Alan Robandt, 114 E Front Street asked about multiple entities owning multiple licensing?
Elizabeth Hall, 808 W Front Street asked when the Commission would be hearing public comments?

Rick Anstiss, Eau Claire suggested an area to provide the public with all of the information on Medical Marijuana?

Manager Marx reported people have made a presentation to the Commission which was premature and until the City Commission makes a decision to do nothing or “opt in” to the law, it is premature for the City to accept any applications/proposals.

There being no further discussion the work session ended at 8:25 p.m.

Gladys M. Bybee, City Clerk         


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