ALPENA — Alpena Township opted out of Proposal 1, after it handed in Michigan in 2018, and hasn’t allowed the sale of leisure marijuana inside its boundaries.
That would all change, because the township is starting to discover the monetary advantages of permitting the authorized sale of the drug.
Township Supervisor Nathan Skibbe stated a township planning fee workshop, held on Monday, is a primary step.
He stated it’s one step of a number of in a course of that will, or could not, permit marijuana companies within the township.
“We need to see what it will appear like and what would we’ve got to do to perform it,” Skibbe stated. “Proper now we’re simply beginning the dialogue, however it is a dialogue many municipalities are having.”
Denise Cline, Northeast Michigan Council of Governments deputy director and chief planner, provided her help in serving to formulate a plan concerning adult-use marijuana, if one is required.
Regardless of the advantages it may have on native tax revenues, few municipalities within the space permit the sale of adult-use marijuana.
Every municipality that has a marijuana enterprise receives wanted income, as does the county the enterprise is positioned in.
Rogers Township, in Presque Isle County, obtained $28,001 in tax income final 12 months for permitting Meds Cafe to function. Presque Isle County obtained $56,002 final 12 months for the 2 retailers open there.
Sticky Bush Farms operates in Onaway, and the municipality obtained $28,001.
Devour Hashish is licensed to promote in Harrisville, however the metropolis hasn’t obtained any tax income but as a result of the shop has solely been open just a few months.
Skibbe stated the township is on the level financially the place it wants to think about something that may bolster its bottom-line. He stated the township shied away from medical and leisure marijuana beforehand, however now the choice must be researched and regarded.
“The time has come for this to discover any and all doable sources of income,” Skibbe stated. “I might fairly do this, than to maneuver towards any new or larger taxes.”
Alpena is anticipated to get a pair of medical marijuana retailers, Inexperienced Buddha and Lume Hashish Firm, however to date building on the services has but to start.
Each Inexperienced Buddha and Lume have launched renderings of what the services may appear like.
Skibbe stated it’s doable the planning fee will make a suggestion to the board of trustees on which method to transfer ahead with marijuana, however that transfer isn’t imminent.