Kingsley Village Passes Ordinance Allowing Medical Marijuana Growers To Apply For License

“We’re smart people. We can do this,” said a Kingsley woman during Monday night’s public comment. “We just have to plan.”

A big decision in Kingsley was made Monday night.

Leaders cleared the way for a medical marijuana growing facility in the village.

The Kingsley Village Council approved four of the five categories of medical marijuana business to operate there.

Leaders approved one permit for growing, processing, testing and transporting, but not for a dispensary.

It means TheraCann’s proposed medical marijuana production facility would be allowed but no retail stores to buy the drug.

This vote came after the same ordinance was tabled by the same board earlier this year.

“This is a matter of great importance to this community, and this council is our government in this community,” said a Kingsley man at the meeting.

A familiar topic was revisited at a packed Kingsley Village Hall: clear the way for a proposed medical marijuana grow facility.

Again, it had opposition.

“If you talk to every police officer in this country, it would be difficult finding one that would agree that marijuana is a good thing,” one person said.

Others approved, citing plenty of state oversight and the boost in new jobs for the area.

“There were concerns about whether they would allow or not allow stacking, whether they would allow or not allow cohabitation of other businesses,” said another man. “We wanted administration rulings on that. Guess what? LARA’s came out and said all of those things are legal. They’ve already told you that.”

“Even with these 100 people up here getting employed and the bigger business up here can also create more jobs down here,” said a third man.

The ordinance passed four to three, allowing companies like TheraCann to move forward on a proposed a $20 million marijuana production building.

“We’re not giving permission to anybody to do anything,” said Rodney Bogart, Kingsley Village president. “We are only saying if LARA allows it in this community, it’s alright with us.”

Kingsley Village president Rodney Bogart says it’s just the beginning.

“We went to a medical marijuana facility in Chicago and it wasn’t in a pole barn,” Bogart said. “It was very clean, very everything. All it allows is for a medical marijuana grower facilitator to come to us for a permit.”

Only one grow facility will get a license.

For now, Bogart says the village will follow Illinois’ example.

“From our understanding of the law, this being passed in Michigan, it mimics the one in Illinois and it’s very, very secure,” Bogart said.