PERRY TWP. — The township board approved an ordinance June 5 to “prohibit the establishment of marihuana facilities establishments within the boundaries of Perry Township,” but that may not be the final word on the topic.
The ordinance took effect June 6.
According to Supervisor Mark Fulks, the goal was just to stop dispensaries from setting up in the township until the state has finalized guidelines for them, which is expected to happen in December.
“We’re just a small community and we just wanted to stop all the calls coming from California and from all these people with no money who wanted to set up here,” he said Wednesday.
He said just because the township passed an ordinance banning marijuana-related facilities doesn’t mean that the door is closed permanently.
After the state produces guidelines, the board may revisit the issue and determine if any establishments would benefit residents.
Perry Township closely followed what the city of Perry did regarding marijuana establishments.
In November, after Proposal 1 was passed legalizing recreational marijuana in Michigan, the Perry City Council passed an ordinance that bans marijuana-related businesses from operating in the city.
In May, the Perry City Council passed a zoning amendment that defines marijuana businesses as adult businesses for zoning purposes. The goal of the city’s amendment was to make sure businesses related to the cultivation or sale of marijuana are unable to set up shop within city limits.