A workshop was held at Battle Creek City Hall Tuesday evening to discuss medical marijuana licensing in the city.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that at the meeting, City Commissioners and citizens were presented a plan by City Attorney Jill Steele that would allow for medical marijuana businesses in town, as long as they were over 1,000 feet away from places like parks, schools and residential areas. Under the plan, the majority of qualifying lots would be in Battle Creek’s western industrial area, although there would also be room on certain portions downtown and along Columbia Ave.

Under a state law passed last year, municipalities in Michigan are allowed to regulate the licensing of medical marijuana businesses including growers, processors and fdispensaries, and choose to allow all types, allow some types, or outright ban them from setting up shop. The issue has been discussed around Calhoun County; in May, Marshall allowed for all types of medical marijuana business except for dispensaries in a city council vote.

The Battle Creek City Commission has yet to hold a vote to move the process forward.


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