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Muskegon Township Enacts Medical Marijuana Moratorium

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Muskegon Township officials have decided it's high time they address the medical marijuana issue.

The township has joined several other area municipalities in imposing a moratorium banning establishment of a "business or premises" to distribute or dispense marijuana, other than to the people living on the premises.

The township board voted unanimously Monday night to impose a 180-day moratorium on such businesses while officials examine the issue of how to regulate them under local zoning and other ordinances.

Unlike some other local governments, Muskegon Township leaders said they don't intend to just keep re-upping the moratorium when the 180 days are up. "This is only one step in the process," township Treasurer Jeffrey B. Wood said. "This isn't just a catchall to do nothing."

It wasn't immediately clear what impact the moratorium would have on the already-existing Greater Muskegon Compassion Club at 2116 E. Apple in the township. Township officials declined to comment on that.

In Muskegon County, Fruitport Township and the cities of Muskegon and Muskegon Heights have also enacted moratoriums. Muskegon this week was expected to approve a zone change to put medical marijuana businesses in heavy industrial zones and to regulate the businesses through licensing the locations.

Laketon Township earlier became the first government in Muskegon County to establish a medical marijuana ordinance, a measure that treats the drug's growth as a "home occupation" by primary caregivers and intends to ban commercial dispensaries. In the greater area, similar ordinances previously have been adopted in Grand Haven, Spring Lake Township and Grand Haven Township.

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