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Portage Schedules Public Hearing on Proposed Medical Marijuana Ordinance

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PORTAGE, MICH. — Portage has set a July 12 public hearing to consider an ordinance amendment regulating medical marijuana in the city.

The 7:30 p.m. session during the Portage City Council meeting will consider an ordinance that is similar to one the city of Kalamazoo has had for months that regulates medical marijuana businesses under the zoning code as a home occupation.

In January, the council approved a six-month moratorium regulating medical marijuana and asked the Planning Commission to come up with a proposal. The Planning Commission spent weeks reviewing it, took comments from only two people and unanimously recommended its approval.

The ordinance amendment sets guidelines for dispensing of marijuana, such as hours of operation, number of caregivers and patients, distances from schools, hours of operation and parking.

The ordinance amendment that is being proposed would allow a home occupation with no more than one primary caregiver who can cultivate no more than 12 marijuana plants per patient. It also allows possession up to the maximum permitted by law — 2.5 ounces for each patient.

The home occupation could not be within 1,000 feet of a school, day-care facility, recreational park and playground or 100 feet from a public or private youth center, public swimming pool or video arcade.

Plants would have to be grown indoors, within locked enclosures. Patients can only visit between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no more than five patients allowed at one time.

The ordinance would be enforced by the Community Development Department and the Portage Police Department.

Public comments will be taken on the amendment at the July 12 hearing and the council could approve it that evening.

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