You are receiving this survey from Lexington Township in an effort for Township officials to decide whether any, all or none of the new medical marijuana businesses should be allowed to operate in the Township, and if so how many. We value your input and request that you complete this survey to assist the Township in making this difficult decision. This is an important decision and your cooperation in responding to the survey is appreciated. All responses are anonymous to protect your privacy.
The Michigan medical marijuana laws were significantly expanded by Public Act 281 of 2016. Essentially the Act creates 5 new types of businesses that concern local municipalities, including Lexington Township. The Act allows Lexington Township to determine whether it will permit any, all or none of these businesses to operate in the Township. In the event the Township decides to permit any of the 5 new businesses, it then has the authority to limit the number of permits for each business, this could range from 1 permit to unlimited permits. The 5 new businesses are briefly described as follows:
1. GROWER: A business that grows marijuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center. A grower can apply for a permit to grow up to 500, 1,000 or 1,500 plants.
2. PROCESSOR: A business that purchases marijuana from a grower and produces a marijuana product for sale to a provisioning center.
3. PROVISIONING CENTER: A business that purchases marijuana from a processor or grower and sells the marijuana to qualifying medical marijuana patients at retail.
4. SAFETY COMPLIANCE FACILITY: A business that tests marijuana for various purposes, including contaminants to ensure the safety of the marijuana product.
5. SECURE TRANSPORTER: A business that stores and transports marijuana between marijuana facilities as the Act provides that only secure transporters are allowed to do so.
If Lexington Township decides to permit any or all of these businesses, the State of Michigan through the Act, is required to enact rules that will control many aspects of these businesses, including where in the Township the new businesses would be permitted to operate and where they would not be permitted. The State has also provided for a revenue sharing plan whereby the Township would share in a percentage of the tax revenue created by any of the medical marijuana businesses permitted to operate in the Township. The estimates of the projected revenue to the Township varies considerably and at this point, is quite speculative.
Many articles have already been written concerning the pros and cons of the new Act. The pros include promised significant revenue sharing to the Township, significant increased employment and tax base increases. Others assert that the potential financial gains are not worth the negative effects medical marijuana businesses would bring to the Township. This Act is quite complex and there are numerous resources available online for a more in depth analysis of the Act, including these links:
Would you like Lexington Township to permit any medical marijuana business to operate in Lexington Township?
IF YES, HOW MANY PROCESSOR PERMITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED?
3. PROVISIONING CENTER?
IF YES, HOW MANY PROVISIONING CENTER PERMITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED?
4. SAFETY COMPLIANCE FACILITY?
IF YES, HOW MANY SAFETY COMPLIANCE FACILITY PERMITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED?
5. SECURE TRANSPORTER?
IF YES, HOW MANY SECURE TRANSPORTER PERMITS SHOULD BE ALLOWED?
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey