A recreational marijuana ordinance was approved by the Quincy Village Council Tuesday.
Before leaving office, former village manager Eric Zuzga, promised to handle some of the proposed ordinances he had been working on for several years.
On Tuesday, he made good on the promise with three on his list — marijuana and zoning ordinances and the downtown development plan.
First on the list, Zuzga led the council through the Marihuana Enforcement – Ordinance 238 proposal.
Making sure the adult-use ordinance matches the previously approved medical marijuana ordinance is imperative, Zuzga said.
Three retailers have been granted medical marijuana licenses and all three will likely go for the adult-use license. Each annual license application fee is $5,000.
The $30,000 in new revenue will cover much of the cost for an additional police officer, Zuzga said.
Marijuana is already in town, he said. “This will add a police officer.”
The purpose of Ordinance 238 is to regulate recreational marijuana establishments which includes marijuana:
Growers — maximum 15 in the village.
Safety compliance facilities — max. 5.
Processors — max. 5.
Retailers — max. 3.
Secure transporters — max. 5.
Any other type of recreational marijuana-related business licensed by the State of Michigan.
Growers are divided into three categories:
Class A – 100 plants.
Class B – 500 plants.
Class C – 2,000 plants.
The 13-page document spells out all the details. Allowable by the state, but not by the village of Quincy are event organizers, temporary events, consumption establishments or microbusiness.
Next on the agenda, and led by Zuzga, was the zoning ordinance update. Ordinance 239 was approved, minus the section dealing with animals, which will be addressed soon under the new village manager.
Updating the zoning ordinance was a 15-year process, Zuzga said.
The council also approved a downtown development plan led by Zuzga and now ready for action.
For the streets department, the council approved $23,000 for vactor truck repairs.