Evart opts in on new medical marijuana law

EVART — The City of Evart has opted to allow marijuana growers, processors, transporters, safety compliance centers and provision centers within the city limits.

According to Evart City Manager Zack Szakacs, at its Sept. 5 meeting, the city council approved 4-1an ordinance allowing up to four growers, four processors, two secure transporters, two provision centers and two safety compliance centers.

“They passed the ordinance to authorize the establishment of those facilities,” he said.

Evart, like other municipalities, has been debating whether to opt in or opt out with the approaching Dec. 15 deadline for for the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. The MMFLA creates a comprehensive state licensing system that will control the growing, processing, transporting, testing and sale of medical marijuana throughout the state.

As the act is presented, individuals cannot apply to the state for a license unless a municipality has adopted an ordinance that authorizes that type of facility.

Szakacs said the state’s aim with the MMFLA is to create an even playing field for those in the medical marijuana industry.

City officials hosted a town hall meeting on Aug. 23, and council members had discussed the MMFLA at several meetings throughout the year.

According to the law, municipalities may charge an annual fee of up to $5,000 on licensed marijuana facilities and regulate marijuana facilities within their jurisdiction through zoning ordinances.

 

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