2017-09-21 / Front Page

Richfield Township draft resolution for marijuana legislation, likely choosing to ‘opt out’

By Sam Tuningley

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Richfield Township will vote next month on a drafted resolution stating the municipality is not opting in to the Medical Marijuana Facilities

Licensing Act, which permits licensing for “commercial cultivation, processing, testing, transportation and sale of medical marijuana.”

Township Supervisor Joseph Madore said he does not see the necessity for such facilities in the township, considering an ordinance created in 2010 is already in place allowing two caregivers in a home or business, or three or more caregivers within an industrial zone.

The ordinance defined a “dispensary” as three or more caregivers, but Madore said he is going to remove that portion entirely to avoid confusion with the now-existing interpretation. At the time the board drafted the ordinance, no such definition existed.

The current law permitting three or more caregivers to the industrial zone likely will remain intact.

Madore said opting in to the MMFLA could cause an unnecessary stir in the township. The majority of the board shares his opinion.

“As far as I’m concerned, the medical marijuana need in our community is being met,” said Madore.

The Richfield Township Board will take action on the ordinance at the next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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