Portland council approves marijuana ordinance – Sentinel

January 5th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Portland will see a new ordinance that will allow for medical marijuana users the opportunity for home use, but not for commercial use within the city.

    Portland City Council members approved the ordinance with a 4 to 1 vote in favor, with council member Steve Calley opposing.

    Calley stated that he would prefer to wait to hear from the state and other communities before adopting such an ordinance.

    “It’s like we are trail-blazing the way,” said Calley. “I would rather see how some of it plays out and see what the state implements.”

    One of Calley’s concerns was the possibility of property near a residence being used for medical marijuana declining in value.

    The ordinance adds definitions for marijuana, marijuana collective, cooperative, dispensary and medical use of marijuana.

    “It also amends home occupation regulations regarding medical marijuana caregivers,” said City Manager Thomas Dempsey. “The ordinance provides for lawful implementation of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, but the ordinance does not permit commercial operations.”

    The ordinance states that home occupations will be approved by the zoning administrator, “who will issue a certificate of occupancy specifying the use, size and the specific measures by which compliance with this section will be maintained by the home occupation and provided the requirements of the residential district are met.”

    Only members of the family living in the home are able to engage in connection with the growing process, and not more than 25 percent or 500 square feet of the dwelling unit can be used

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