Flushing City Council to Vote on Medical Marijuana Ordinances
Flushing City Council members are expected to vote on the city's medical marijuana ordinances, which were approved by commission members last night. The ordinances will be based on permits for caregivers, rules of marijuana uses and where caregivers can operate.
According to The Flint Journal, caregivers will still be able to set up facilities in the city, but there will be several restrictions. City Manager Dennis Bow explains how this would work:
'"The caregiver facilities have to be 500 feet from schools, daycare centers, places of worship and parks.'" '"With a restriction of caregivers needing to be 500 feet from other medical marijuana caregivers, there would only be room for about one or two caregivers — each growing plants for up to five patients — within the city.'"
Flushing Police Chief Mark Hoornstra thinks this would prevent more traffic from coming into residential areas:
'"The location of caregiver facilities was carefully thought out to not draw a heavier volume of traffic to residential areas, as well as protect those living in residential areas.'"
The caregiver facilities will also be inspected and every caregiver will have to have a criminal background check. Do you think these rules are fair? Should the city ease up with the restrictions to allow more caregivers to work in medical marijuana facilities?