MUSKEGON TWP., MI – A lawsuit filed against Muskegon Charter Township by a Muskegon County cannabis company has been refiled, after being initially resolved in January.
Agri-Med, which owns Park Place Provisionary, 1922 Park Street, and another marijuana dispensary in Nunica, filed a temporary restraining order against two dispensaries that received licenses to open in the township in April.
Those businesses, Green Peak Industries and Warren Elite PC, were given licenses for recreational and medical marijuana sales, and, due to how the township’s ordinance is written, were chosen over Agri-Med.
Shortly thereafter, Agri-Med filed an order that would halt those businesses from moving forward. The township and the cannabis company will head to court on July 22 for a hearing.
Citing the advice of counsel, Agri-Med’s owner, Greg Maki, declined to comment to MLive.
In the meantime, Muskegon Township approved nearly $18,000 in legal fees related to the suit.
Township Supervisor Jennifer Hodges told MLive that the township’s insurance company is taking over the case, and would likely eventually reimburse the township for those fees.
“I’m not super worried about it,” Hodges said. “I am concerned, but I feel strongly that our ordinance is a very valid ordinance and a well-written ordinance.”
In November, Agri-Med filed suit against Muskegon Township, arguing that they had waited in line after the township passed a set of ordinances allowing up to seven dispensaries to operate along commercial corridors on East Apple Avenue, Laketon Avenue, Whitehall Road and Holton Road.
By waiting, Agri-Med argued, they believed they were guaranteeing themselves a “first-come, first-served” approval for cannabis licenses.
The township countered that the law stated that the township board would review applications in the order they were submitted, but that all approvals were subject to a vote by the board.
Following the resolution of that