24 more medical marijuana applications approved, gives Leoni 66

LEONI TWP., MI – Eight companies received a combined 24 medical marijuana application approvals from Leoni Township on Tuesday.

There are now 66 applications for medical marijuana businesses approved by the township’s Board of Trustees – although they must also receive state approval before operating.

Many businesses applied for multiple licenses, to have a larger facility on the same plot of land.

Despite a moratorium on applications for agriculturally-zoned land, most of the 24 applications approved at the board’s June 12 meeting are located on land zoned for agriculture.

“All of these applications had already been in process and were turned in prior to the moratorium,” Clerk Michele Manke said. “We had no legal reason to deny them. Anything after that May 2 date that we put that moratorium on, will not be accepted.”

Trustees Kurt Cole and Corey Kennedy voted against applications for facilities on agriculturally-zoned land. They’re also seeking a temporary halt on approving any more applications.

“At the end of the day, we don’t know yet (how many the state will approve),” Cole said. “I would rather make these decisions knowing about a good percentage of what’s going to be approved.”

Manke is considering a moratorium on all land – excluding industrially-zoned areas, she said. The township board will likely discuss the issue at its July meeting, officials said.

The board also unanimously approved on Tuesday hiring a full-time medical marijuana administrator/compliance officer.

Once selected, this new employee will handle applications and enforcement – instead of the clerk, supervisor and treasurer. The $80,000 approved will cover the officer’s salary, medical benefits and pension costs, Kennedy said.

Money for the position will come out of the township’s medical marijuana fund – which has accrued $330,000, but can only be used for administration and enforcement, per state law.

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