MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – Would-be marijuana tycoons began lining up outside Muskegon Township hall a day after a vote to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries and other businesses to operate in the township.
The Muskegon Township Board of Trustees on Monday, Oct. 7, approved two recreational marijuana ordinances regulating how and where the businesses can operate.
The following morning, nearly a dozen lined up outside township administrative offices to apply for the limited number of licenses.
They’ll have to wait another seven days since applications won’t be taken until Oct. 17. Township officials said applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, but that doesn’t mean the first in line will be the first to get a license.
The township reserves the right to choose only those applicants who have paid a $5,000 license fee and have pre-authorization from the state and a site plan approved by the Muskegon Township Planning Commission, said Muskegon Township Supervisor Jennifer Hodges.
Several different licenses are available in Muskegon Township, including seven licenses for dispensaries and an unlimited number of licenses for growers, processors, safety compliance facilities and secured transporters.
Dispensaries may only operate in specific areas along the township’s four commercial corridors, according to the ordinance. Hodges said the township wanted to be clear in its ordinance about where each type of business can operate to avoid a large grow operation from cropping up in a commercial area.
According to the ordinance, three dispensary licenses will be issued for an area on East Apple Avenue between Creston Street and Brooks Road.
One dispensary will be allowed on Laketon Avenue between Rouse Street and Wierengo Drive, including the southwest corner parcel at Rouse and Laketon Avenue. One will be allowed on Whitehall Road between Dykstra and River roads and two dispensaries will be allowed