Sunday, February 21, 2016

Zoning Approval for Detroit Medical Marihuana Caregiver Centers

From City of Detroit FAQ

  1. A Medical Marihuana Caregiver Center (MMCC) is a business operated by a registered primary caregiver that engages in activities authorized by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Initiated Law 1 of 2008, MCL 333.26421, et seq. (the "Act"), which include cultivation, consultation or distribution of medical marihuana to a primary caregiver’s registered qualifying patients as defined by the Act, or performs other activities pertaining to medical marihuana authorized by the Act. 
  2.  All proposed MMCC’s in The City of Detroit must initiate the process to get zoning approval and a business license within 30 days of the effective date of the zoning ordinance. (March 1, 2016) 
  3.  If you are currently operating a business, conducting activities related to medical marihuana, and are eligible to apply for an MMCC under the City’s ordinances, you will have until March 31st to begin the application process. 
  4.  An MMCC must get zoning approval, a permit, Certificate of Occupancy and a business license in order to be legal. 
  5. MMCC’s are permitted, on a conditional basis, in the B2, B4, M1, M2, M3 & M4 Zoning Districts. 
  6. Conditional uses require a public hearing and must meet the approval criteria in Section 61-3-231 of the Detroit Zoning Ordinance. If the Conditional Land Use hearing results in a denial, you may to appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) within 14 days of your denial. If the BZA denies your appeal you have 21 days to appeal to Circuit Court. 
  7. If your location isn't in the proper zoning district or is located within a Drug Free zone or Overlay area, there are no waivers available. 
  8.  Four things are required:
    Site Plan Review Application
     Building Permit Application for Change of Use and any construction
     Site Plan, Floor Plan and Elevations of the property (Prepared by a licensed architect or engineer)
     Hearing and SPR Fee: $1160 
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 Kenneth Crutcher, RA, NCARB