Medical Marijuana Zoning Gets Initial OK

At its Oct. 5, 2010 meeting, the Ann Arbor planning commission unanimously approved a proposed zoning ordinance that would regulate dispensaries, cultivation facilities and “home occupations” for medical marijuana. Six people spoke during a public hearing on the issue, and commissioners approved three amendments before voting on the ordinance. Action on the item had been postponed from the commission’s Sept. 21 meeting, in order to incorporate input from more than a dozen people who spoke during public commentary at that meeting. The current version included several changes from the previous draft – for example, the requirement for a 200-foot buffer zone between dispensaries and residential areas was removed.

This brief was filed immediately after the planning commission meeting. A more detailed account of the meeting will follow: [link]