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Grand Haven approves home-based medical marijuana operations within city limits

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Haven City Council passed an ordinance this week allowing home-based medical marijuana caregivers to operate within the city.

The decision follows a moratorium issued back in February. Registered caregivers now have to right to grow and distribute marijuana from their home.

Caregivers who grow marijuana must work from home as licensed home businesses. They may not open storefront dispensaries like those that are allowed in California.

Also, caregivers can only operate from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. with never more than two patients in the same home. The home businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from the nearest school.

Grand Haven City Planner Kristin Keery says the city believes the caregiving should be a home grown industry.

"We felt the design was the right one," she said. "It gives us the ability to regulate and at the same time not permit it within our commercial corridors... because it's not meant to be an economic generator. It's not a business in the traditional sense."

Keery says the state law's language is too broad. The council wanted to make sure they had regulations tailored to the city.

"We felt that by allowing it as a home occupation and having some consistency within our area, that's how staff planners are presenting it to their planning commissions and then to their council," she said. "I think it's a good starting point, I like the fact that we're all on the same page with it."

She said regulation and enforcement policies need to be clear for the city and for police.

"We wanted to aid in our officer's enforcements efforts," she said. We also did that so that we're not unfairly targeting certain residences that are running a legitimate business."