Following a recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission, City Councilman Mike DeWitt made a motion to adopt the new ordinance, which would have prohibited marijuana establishments as a permitted land use in all zoning districts. There was no second to the motion, so it failed.
The zoning change would have added a second layer and more teeth to legislation that City Council approved late last year, which prohibits recreational and medical establishments within the city and also bans the smoking of marijuana in public places.
Municipalities are allowed to ban marijuana facilities, limit the number of licenses for such businesses or limit them to specific zones.
Voters in Michigan approved the recreational marijuana proposal in November 2018. It became legal as of Dec. 6 for adults 21 and older to carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and 15 grams of concentrate, keep up to 10 ounces at their home, and grow up to 12 plants inside their home.
Several council members said they prefer to wait until state officials fine-tune the rules and regulations surrounding legalized marijuana before adding a zoning prohibition at the local level.
Councilwoman Kathleen Kennedy, who was diagnosed with cancer last summer, said at the advice of her oncologist, she used marijuana oil for 30 days during her cancer treatments.
“I have firsthand experience about how it can help people,” she said. “Some people it helps, some people not. I’ve seen it help with pain.”
Kennedy said she didn’t notice much difference in her own experience, and fears that people could attempt to self-medicate with marijuana instead of seeking professional medical t