Galien Township Medical Marihuana Information

The 2016 Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Acts require localities to opt in to allow one or more of the five types of Medical Marihuana Facilities as defined by the Acts.  This opt in process encompasses the drafting and passage of a Police Powers Ordinance to allow Medical Marihuana Facilities in the localities and a Zoning Ordinance amendment to specify areas allowable for these facilities and other operational requirements for these facilities.  

Current Status and Next Steps:

-The Township Board held a public hearing on the Police Powers Ordinance on January 11, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Township office. 

-The Township Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Zoning Ordinance Amendment on February 1, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Township Office.  The Planning Commission approved the Zoning Ordinance Amendment, and sent it on to the County Planning Commission.
-The County Planning Commission reviewed the Zoning Ordinance Amendment on February 14, 2018 and concurred with the Township Planning Commission to recommend approval of the Amendment.

-The Township Board adopted the Police Powers Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance Amendment at its meeting on February 21, 2018.
-​The Police Powers Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance Amendment shall become effective on March 9, 2018.

On May 16, 2018, the Township Board adopted a resolution to place a six month moratorium on further consideration of any additional Medical Marihuana Facility Applications. 


On November 21, 2018, the Township adopted Resolution 2018-08, to extend the moratorium for an additional six months.  

On May 15, 2019, the Township adopted Resolution 2019-05, to extend the moratorium for an additional six months through November 15, 2019.

On November 20, 2019, the Township adopted Resolution 2019-06, to extend the moratorium for an additional six months through May 20, 2020.

See the Township Board Minutes and Planning Commission Minutes for more up to date information on the status of this matter.  

Additional pertinent information and links regarding this matter are listed below:

Galien Township Ordinance No. 17 - Authorization of Medical Marihuana Facilities

Galien Township Zoning Ordinance Amendment - Section 2.7 Medical Marihuana Facilities

Resolution 2017-02 - Medical Marihuana Resolution of Intent (April 19, 2017)

At the July 19, 2017 Galien Township Board of Trustees, the following maximum number of facilities were considered:  

Grower - Class A - 2 

Grower  - Class B - 2 

Grower  - Class C - 4 

Processor - 5

Secure Transporter - 2

Safety/Testing - 1

Provisioning/Dispensary - None

Financial Benefits to Township:

Three primary benefits to Township finances -

-Prorata portion of state retail MM tax - State estimates $5.3 million to go to municipalities with any facilities listed above, to be allocated based upon number of facilities in locality over total facilities in state. The Township is working to quantify this amount.

-Property tax revenue from facility buildings and equipment.

-Up to $5,000 annual administration fee per facility license to offset costs of administering MM Ordinances.

Sample Ordinances - Other Communities:

-Buchanan City Medical Marihuana Ordinance and information

-Niles City Medical Marihuana Ordinance and information

-Pinconning Township Medical Marihuana Ordinance

2016 Medical Marihuana (MM) Law Information:

-Senate Fiscal Agency Summary on Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act - A high level summary of the 2016 bills listed below

-2016 House Bill 4209 (MM Facilities Licensing Act)

-2016 House Bill 4210 (MM Infused Products Act)

-2016 House Bill 4827 (MM Tracking Act)

-2017 Senate Bill 433 (Application and Applicant Requirements Act)

Michigan Department of Licensing And Regulatory Affairs (LARA):

-LARA is the State agency that will develop regulations for the 2016 Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and administer those regulations.

-Medical Marihuana Emergency Rules issued December 4, 2017.

-See LARA's 2016 Medical Marihuana Licensing page, including appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, FAQ's and other information.

Medical Marihuana Facility Types:

-Grower - Class A (up to 500 plants)

-Grower - Class B (up to 1000 plants)

-Grower - Class C (up to 1500 plants)

-Processor - 

-Secure Transporter



Michigan Township Association (MTA) Guidance

-Clearing the Haze on Medical Marihuana

-Q&A on Medical Marihuana