BUENA VISTA TWP, MI — Buena Vista Township has opted in for allowing medical marijuana businesses to operate within its borders.
The vote passed 5-2 with Treasurer Desmond Bibbs and Trustee Cheryl Payton voting against it.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act gives local governments the power to help determine the number of businesses that can take part in the industry and what ordinances and permits to approve for those businesses.
A board of commissioners in the Saginaw County township will now be tasked with creating the ordinances and permits that will pertain to growers, processors, provisioning centers, secure transporters and safety compliance.
According to Torrie McAfee, the township’s superintendent, the next step is to get an application process approved.
“We are waiting to hear from attorneys in reference to see how we move forward,” McAfee said.
Chesaning is the only other entity in Saginaw County to opt in. Bay County has been one of the more proactive counties in Michigan with respect to the medical marijuana industry. Bangor, Pinconning, Gibson and Kawkawlin townships, as well as Bay City, have opted in and have already started luring millions of dollars worth of investments tied to the industry.
McAfee said people have already began buying properties in Buena Vista anticipating that the township would opt in.