Ann Arbor OKs Non-Disclosure on Marijuana

At its July 5, 2011 meeting, the Ann Arbor city council approved a non-disclosure policy on information that it might collect as part of its medical marijuana licensing and zoning ordinances, which it approved at its June 20 meeting. In relevant part, the resolution states that a long list of various kinds of information “shall be protected against public disclosure in the course of the zoning and licensing process …”

The resolution also was amended to read “Ann Arbor city staff shall treat the foregoing information as exempted from disclosure …”

A similar non-disclosure policy had been discussed, but postponed, at the council’s March 7, 2011 meeting. When the matter was before the council again, at its March 21, 2011 meeting, the council chose not to pursue that non-disclosure policy. That’s because the amendments to the medical marijuana legislation it approved on March 21 did not include the collection of personal information. So that resolution was withdrawn by its sponsor, Sabra Briere (Ward 1).

On July 5, dissenting on the 6-3 vote were Marica Higgins (Ward 4), Tony Derezinski (Ward 2) and Stephen Rapundalo (Ward 2).

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]