Map by Jason Clancy
SOUTHFIELD — Right now, the building at 28481 Telegraph Road is serving up burgers, but it could soon switch to serving up buds.
At a Feb. 26 meeting, the Southfield Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve a special use request for Oak Flint LLC to establish a medical marijuana provisioning center at the site, which is currently a Wendy’s. Commissioner LaTina Denson was not at the meeting.
Jeff Spence, the assistant city planner, said that the petitioner is proposing to close down Wendy’s and open the medical marijuana provisioning center in its place.
The property is zoned B-3 general business, which is the only zone where medical marijuana provisioning centers are allowed in the city, Spence said.
Zoning for medical marijuana facilities was approved by the Southfield City Council in 2015.
“Obviously, any semblance of Wendy’s will be removed with a different color scheme and signage,” Spence said at the meeting.
John McLeod, the president of Oak Flint LLC, discussed the ins and outs of the facility at the meeting.
“So, let’s talk about an experience at a medical marijuana facility. At the start of this process, if you want to receive your medical marijuana card, you have to see a qualified doctor within the state,” he said.
Once you’re issued the card, McLeod said, you are allowed to enter a medical marijuana dispensary. McLeod said you must have the card with you and a medical reason to purchase the cannabis.
“The first thing when you enter the building is you are essentially in a man trap. In that room, you will present your valid medical marijuana card and valid state ID to