Battle Creek City Commissioners will decide tonight whether or not to rezone property at 293 East Columbia to become a marijuana provisioning center.

Thomas Tatar owns the building, located just west of Riverside Country Club, which is zoned as an "O-1 Offfice" property.   Tonight's vote would be the final step in the process to change the zoning to allow for distribution of "medical marijuana."

Tonight's city commission agenda has information about the proposed business:

The general public would not be allowed to enter the business. Medical marijuana product would be for sale for state-licensed primary caregivers and patients. Further, provisioning centers are required to be closed between the hours of 9:00 pm and 7:00 am. The applicant’s anticipated hours of operation are 10:00 am through 8:00 pm. These hours comply with the City of Battle Creek regulations stated above. No expansions or additional buildings are proposed with the subject project.

 

Battle Creek began allowing medical marijuana businesses back in February of 2018, but this would be the first provisioning center to open up since.

City planners gave the green light to the rezoning because there are no schools, libraries, or other medical marijuana provisioning centers within 100 feet of the property, and the use of the property for this purpose isn't expected to bring any extra strain on utilities or traffic