On October 7, 2019, the City Commission adopted Ordinance 2000 to delay the City’s opt-in of permitting commercial adult-use marihuana establishments in the City until June 1, 2020. Adoption of this ordinance permitted City staff to bring proposed zoning and licensing ordinances to the City Commission in conformance with the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, which was adopted by voter initiative in November 2018.
In January 2020 a public participation plan was developed along with a timeframe for the process of crafting an Adult Use Marihuana Ordinance and Social Equity Policy.
Public feedback meetings were held on Wednesday, February 5 and Tuesday February 11 at City Hall to obtain feedback from the public on the development of an Adult Use Marihuana ordinance and a social equity policy. Each meeting began with a presentation by the City Attorney that covered the legislation, differences between medical / adult use facility types, and the social equity program at the State level. A question and answer period followed with the focus on what a local social equity policy might look like to benefit residents getting into the industry, which adult use (recreational marihuana) license types were appropriate for Kalamazoo, and where should each be located.
Additional public meetings have been scheduled in March, and an anticipated timeline for approval is provide below, through June 1, 2020.
Documents related to this process are available below:
Comparison of Medical and Adult Use License Types
February 5 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting Video Recording
Meeting Notes Summary for February 5 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting
Meeting Notes Summary for February 11 Adult Use Marihuana Public Meeting
Scheduled Public Meetings / Outreach for Draft Ordinance and Social Equity Policy:
These meetings have been cancelled to mitigate potential risk of spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19). City staff are currently preparing other arrangements to share information and accept feedback so that these processes may continue moving forward. Additional information on these topics will be announced once it is available.
Completed DRAFT #2 of the Ordinance/ make available for public viewing: Week of 3/23
Planning Commission Meeting: 4/2
City Commission Meeting: 4/18 (Propose for First Reading)
City Commission Meeting: 5/4 (Propose for Public Hearing/Vote)
City Commission Meeting: 5/18 (Optional Meeting Date)
Completion of Adult Use Marihuana Ordinace Due Date: 6/1