*Note that applications are no longer being accepted. Applications that were received during the November 4, 2019-March 1, 2020 period are now in review. Applicants will be notified by April 29, 2020.* In response to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), approved by Michigan voters with Proposal 1 on November 6, 2018, the City of Ferndale amended ordinances related to Marihuana establishments. Below are frequently asked questions regarding the amended ordinances and application:
-Where can I read a copy of the official adopted ordinance amendments?
-When does the ordinance take effect?
The adopted ordinances will be in effect on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
-How many marihuana retailers will the City allow for recreational adult use?
City Council adopted an ordinance to allow three (3) marihuana retailers.
-How many medical marihuana provisioning centers will the City allow?
The existing ordinance permits three (3) provisioning centers. As of October 2019, there are three (3) provisioning centers (1921 Hilton, 2625 Hilton, 1551 Academy) that have State operating licenses.
-How many safety compliance facilities will the City allow?
The existing ordinance permits one (1) safety compliance facility. The City has not received an application for a safety compliance facility.
-When can I apply for a marihuana retailer license?
*Applications were accepted in person at City Hall between November 4, 2019 and March 1, 2020. Applications for a marihuana retailer license were forwarded to City Council for consideration on March 1, 2020. Applications are no longer being accepted.* A digital copy and physical copy of the application should be submit to the City. Please note City Hall is closed to the public on Friday, February 28th. Applications for medical marihuana provisioning centers and safety compliance facilities can be found at this link.
-What are the criteria that City Council will use to review marihuana retailer applications and how long is the review period?
The criteria that City Council will use to review applications is listed on the application and Chapter 7-412, (f). City Council will have 60 days to select three (3) marihuana retailer applicants for licenses. Applicants will be notified by April 28, 2020.
-How much is the application fee for marihuana retailers?
The application fee for marihuana retailers are $5,000. The fee is non-refundable.
-What zones will the facilities be permitted in?
M-1 (Limited Industrial), M-2 (General Industrial), OS (Office Service). A City zoning map can be found at this link.
-What type of distance requirements are there for proposed facilities? Can provisioning centers and marihuana retailers co-locate?
A marihuana retailer shall not be allowed within 500 feet of an educational institution, nursery school, or child care center, or another marihuana retailer facility, provisioning center or medical marihuana facility. The distance requirement shall not apply to a safety compliance facility. This distance requirement shall not apply to a marihuana retailer licensee that has a provisioning center license and is trying to co-locate at a single location. The current distance map can be found at this link.
-Will the existing two (2) medical marihuana facilities operating under the MMMA and special land use approvals be permitted to stay open?
The existing two (2) medical marihuana facilities are able to continue to operate under their approved special land use application.
-Should I buy property in the City in hopes of securing a license?
The City cannot give advice regarding speculative purchasing of property.
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