Remember when marijuana was legalized?
Yeah, it was only five months ago. And since that time, many communities have voted to outright ban the sale of marijuana.
But there’s been a lot of back and forth in some communities about whether they want provisioning centers within their borders.
One such community is Chesterfield Township.
Back in December, they were among the growing number of Michigan communities moving to ban marijuana establishments within their municipality.
So to address these concerns, the Chesterfield Township Cannabis Licensing Work Group was formed.
The Purpose of the Chesterfield Township Cannabis Licensing Work Group
Once Proposal 1 passed, Chesterfield Township Supervisor Dan Acciavatti appointed a cannabis committee that would form community policy for the board to consider the operation of marijuana facilities in the township.
“This does not by any way, shape or form mean that Chesterfield will not participate with this program,” Acciavatti said last fall, regarding the move to ban marijuana facilities. “This can be revisited or relooked at.”
Then in February, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Bureau of Marijuana Regulation put out a call for those interested in taking part in adult-use marijuana stakeholder work groups being facilitated for licensees, attorneys, municipalities and individuals or businesses.
The purpose of the work groups is to gather information – seeking input on the rules that would govern the licensing of facilities.
Chesterfield Township felt it was important to have a seat at that table to provide input and communicate their concerns.
And this Monday, April 22nd, they will be holding an event at 6pm at the Municipal Building at 47275 Sugarbush Road – specifically for this purpose.
Employing the Expertise of Barton W. Morris, Jr.
When Brad Kersten, head of the Chesterfield Township Cannabis Committee, understood his township was serious about potentially licensing provisioning centers, grow houses, and possibly other cannabis Industry entities, he decided to reach out to the leading legal expert in the state.
So he contacted Barton W. Morris, Jr., founder and CEO of Cannabis Legal Group in Royal Oak.
Morris has a remarkable track record in the field since he first became involved in 2008, when the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act was enacted. In addition, he is a member on the Board of The Marijuana Law Section of The State Bar of Michigan.
“If we are going to consider opting in, we decided it was best for our Cannabis Committee, as well as the community, to hear from Barton W. Morris, Jr.,” said Kersten, who is also the former Chesterfield Township Public Safety Director.
And Morris was happy to comply.
“Chief Kersten graciously invited me to do an informational presentation regarding Medical and Recreational Marijuana Licensing,” said Morris.
“Having been involved with numerous committees on a local and statewide platform, it will be my honor to meet with the committee and residents and happily answer their questions.”
Interested and concerned Chesterfield Township residents alike should strongly consider attending the event this Monday.
Are You Facing the Challenges of Running a Cannabis Business?
There are definitely challenges in this industry that don’t exist in others.
And as long-time supporters of the cannabis industry, we salute the Chesterfield Township Cannabis Licensing Work Group for taking the time to be open and informed before making decisions.