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 Photo by Brendan Losinski At its meeting Jan. 28, the Roseville City Council voted to approve an ordinance that will allow medical marijuana businesses in the city.

Photo by Brendan Losinski At its meeting Jan. 28, the Roseville City Council voted to approve an ordinance that will allow medical marijuana businesses in the city.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

Roseville approves ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 3, 2020


ROSEVILLE — At its regular meeting Jan 28, the Roseville City Council approved a measure to allow medical marijuana facilities in the city.

“They basically established an ordinance under the (Medical) Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act,” said City Attorney Tim Tomlinson. “We established permits to establish four of the five types of centers, the exception being provisioning centers. We are permitting the other uses, which will be isolated in the industrial zone. The next step will be establishing those zones.”

The city of Roseville previously voted to opt out of state laws allowing recreational marijuana facilities, so the new facilities going in will be solely for medicinal sales.

“The total number of facilities possible would be five grow facilities, five processing centers, five secure transport facilities and safety compliance facilities,” said Tomlinson. “Grow facilities are where they can grow the plants; processing centers are where the plants are processed into the goods being sold; safety compliance facilities are testing facilities to ensure the marijuana being grown is of good quality and safe; and secure transport facilities will house vehicles that will transport marijuana to and from centers. The provisioning centers would be retail centers, such as dispensaries, and those are the types that won’t be in the city.”

City Council members said they heard the many concerns of residents who are not comfortable with marijuana facilities in Roseville. Tomlinson said the city has worked hard to include safety measures to address those concerns.

“Safety considerations include requirements for security such as cameras and fencing,” he explained. “Certain establishments won’t be open to the public, and what’s unique to our ordinance compared to others is that a portion of the permit fees will be set aside for drug education programs particularly aimed at kids. Permit fees are $5,000.”

Tomlinson said there remains several months of preparation before any such business could open inside the city.

“We have to go through the zone process so it all conforms with our zoning ordinances,” he said. “It will go in front of the Planning Commission and then go back to council. Midsummer is when we expect to be taking applications.”

The measure was passed unanimously by the City Council. Mayor Robert Taylor expressed concern about the effect any marijuana business could have on the community, but he felt the city ordinance would provide sufficient safety precautions to safeguard residents and the community’s reputation.

“We want everybody to understand that this is a hard decision for this board to do anything with marijuana, because it’s all new to everybody — me especially, being in law enforcement for 31 years,” he said. “The fact is our team put together one of the best ordinances that could be put together by looking at all the other ordinances from all around the surrounding area. We put together the best parts of those ordinances and put them into our ordinance to make sure everything in our city is on the up and up.”

City Councilman Charles Frontera has long supported allowing both medical and recreational marijuana businesses in Roseville and said that he was pleased with the measure, although he wished it had gone further.

“I feel like this was a good compromise for all of us,” said Frontera. “It didn’t go as far as I think it could have. It reduced the number of licenses, and we are not licensing any provisioning centers, which I think we should have, because now we’re unable to regulate what’s going on at any provisioning centers, but this was a step in the right direction, and I think it will show this will turn out not as scary as people might think, and we might be able to generate some tax revenue.”

Taylor said he thinks this is the best possible plan to satisfy the concerns of both those who support marijuana facilities in Roseville and those who oppose them.

“I was satisfied with the ordinance enough to approve it tonight,” he said. “I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, their concerns, their comments, because this is a public issue. It’s an issue we all have to live with, and we go home with it every night and we discuss it with our families and our friends. I think we came up with the best plan possible for the people of Roseville.”