City of Kalamazoo Medical Marihuana Ordinances

At the City of Kalamazoo City Commission meeting on September 18, 2017 City Attorney Clyde Robinson presented to the City Commission an update on the State’s progress on the roll-out of its medical marihuana facility licensing program. The State licensing process was not on track to be ready by December 15, and this uncertainty in the State regulatory framework meant that any ordinances addressing medical marihuana facilities the City might adopt before December 15, 2017, the date when license applications can be filed with the State, may need to be amended once the final licensing program is in place. The City Commission by consensus agreed with the recommendation by the City Attorney to postpone consideration of the Zoning Ordinance amendments and a proposed local licensing ordinance until after the promulgation of emergency rules by the State.

On December 4, 2017, the State of Michigan – Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released the emergency rules for the administration of Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. The release of these emergency rules allowed the City of Kalamazoo to better understand LARA’s process for accepting and reviewing applications for licenses. The City Attorney convened a working group of City staff to review the emergency rules and its implications on the draft ordinance amendments prepared in 2017. 

On March 19, 2018 the City Commission discussed the draft Medical Marihuana Ordinances and held the first public hearing.  The City Commission voted unanimously to move the Medical Marihuana Ordinances to the second required public hearing on April 2, 2018, at which the final public hearing was concluded. The City Commission unanimously approved the three ordinances and the City administration is now working on the application forms, timeline for accepting applications and the internal review process.  An announcement is anticipated within 30 days. 

The City of Kalamazoo appreciates all the feedback which has helped shape the draft ordinance amendments associated with the 2016 Medical Marihuana Legislation. As updates become available we will continue to post information here. To join a mailing list and receive updates on these ordinances and other changes related to medical marihuana in Kalamazoo, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The City of Kalamazoo is currently preparing three ordinances related to medical marihuana. In summary, the three proposed ordinances would:

  1. Amend the current City zoning code provisions permitting a registered caregiver under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act to operate as a home occupation so as to bring the ordinance in conformance with recent legislative and regulatory changes.
  2. Amend the City zoning code to define those zoning districts where proposed commercial medical marihuana facilities, as permitted by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, may be located in the City.
  3. Amend the City code of ordinances to set licensing and operational standards for commercial medical marihuana facilities operating in the City.

Two public input sessions were held in July 2017 to obtain feedback on the proposals. These ordinances will be presented to the Planning Commission and subsequently to the City Commission for consideration and possible adoption once finalized.

pdf Medical Marihuana Public Forum Feedback (109 KB)

Ordinances and maps (approved April 2, 2018):

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