Lonnie Huhman Daily Telegram Staff Writer @lenaweehuhman
ADRIAN TWP. — Adrian Township has again opted not to take a stance in regard to medical marijuana facilities, in effect blocking them from opening for now in the township.
At Monday’s meeting, township supervisor Jim Koehn put forth a proposal to potentially opt-out of allowing medical marijuana facilities within Adrian Township. He said that, earlier this year, the majority of the township board was not in favor of allowing these facilities, so this would have been an official stance.
Koehn said he thought the board should discuss an opt-out proposal after he read an article put out by the Michigan Township Participating Plan. He said the article made him wonder if by not taking an official stance the township could open itself up to litigation by a party wanting to establish a medical marijuana facility in Adrian Township.
According to its website, the Michigan Township Participating Plan, which was formed in April 1985 under the enabling legislation known as Public Act 138, provides a stable insurance market for governmental entities who, up to then, were paying exorbitant prices for limited coverage, or in some cases, were being forced to go without coverage in key areas.
In the article by Dustin Drabek, a MTTP Risk Control Field representative, Drabek wrote: “I understand entities have been informed in the past, that by not addressing medical marijuana, you are essentially not participating with the medical marijuana industry.
“This is true to some degree, but completing the referenced letters will provide formal documentation that cannot be debated or misunderstood. A fear amongst the professional community is participants of the remedial marijuana movement will use the lack of documentation to show the entity does not have a formalized process in place. The entity could then potentially expose themselves or