Adrian Might Place Moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Sales

by Josh Colletta

The City of Adrian is considering a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, but it would only last a state-mandated maximum of 120 days.

The Daily Telegram reports that city staff are being cautious about how much time it takes them to work out regulations for recreational pot businesses, so City Attorney Tamaris Henagan has recommended that approval for those businesses’ licenses be postponed until February 1st.

Without that delay, she says recreational businesses might be under the impression that they’re entitled to licenses by November 1st.

But Henagan adds that if the city can wrap up the work they need to do ahead of time, the moratorium could be lifted before February.

She says that no one in Michigan is familiar with the recreational industry, including micro-businesses, consumption establishments, event organizers and temporary licenses, or excess grower licenses. She wants the city to watch how regulation and enforcement unfold before allowing those businesses in their jurisdiction.

Henagan says additional plans call for rezoning, a review of ordinances to combine medical and recreational uses where that combination would be ideal, and then assessing the overall impact on the community.