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MANISTEE — Marijuana has been a frequent subject in the City of Manistee, and once again, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for a proposed business in the Marijuana Sales Overlay district on Arthur Street.
The City of Manistee Planning Commission will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 in the council chambers at Manistee City Hall. The commission will consider a request from Lakeshore Cultivation, LLC at 254 River St. for a special use permit.
Interested parties are welcome to attend the hearing or may submit written comments with signatures to Kyle Storey, zoning administrator, at the City of Manistee, 395 Third St., Manistee MI 49660.
The Planning Commission approved 10 special use permits on Sept. 19 for potential marijuana businesses. An additional applicant was approved for a special use permit on Oct. 3.
Also on Oct. 3, the commission held a public hearing for Meds Cafe LLC and NW properties LLC at 70 Arthur St., for a permit to operate an adult-use “recreational” marijuana retail establishment.
Lakeshore Cultivation, LLC — which will be reviewed during the public hearing on Wednesday — has been prequalified by the state for licensing.
A letter from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on March 21, stated: “The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board considered your partial application for prequalification status on March 21, 2019 and determined that you have prequalification status pursuant to the licensing provisions of the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act and Administrative Rule 5.”
According to developers in an application, “Lakeshore Cultivation, LLC as been granted prequalification status by the State of Michigan for a grower, processor, secure transporter and safety compliance licenses. A state operating license for these purposes will not be issued until municipal approval is approved for the use and location of the licensed activities.”
There are over 20 parcels in the Marijuana Sales Overlay district.
Recently, the City of Manistee has started its process of deliberation on marijuana permits, as they began accepting applications for phase two on Oct. 11. A group of people lined up outside of Manistee City Hall all week in an effort to submit recreational marijuana license applications.
The applications were accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
“If someone is just looking to get a medical provisioning center license, we have those unlimited then there is no reason to wait in line. The majority that are getting a medical license also want recreational. It’s that recreational retail that’s the draw right now, it’s what everyone is vying for,” said Heather Pefley, city clerk, in a past interview. “Medical (marijuana) was approved to have unlimited licenses, but for recreational marijuana we only have five recreational retail licenses and five licenses for recreational micro-businesses available.”
During a Manistee City Council meeting last week, Pefley gave council members an update.
“On (Oct. 11) we began accepting applications for the marijuana permits, we brought in four medical provisioning center applications and six recreational retail. We did not receive any for microbusinesses,” Pefley said.
If an application is denied or incomplete, the next applicant “in line” could be granted a license. The city has a period of 21 days to review the applications to determine whether they are satisfied or not. In addition, the applicants must pay a $5,000 fee.
Before opening up in Manistee, they will also need to go through the state’s licensing process.
More details on the Nov. 7 Planning Commission meeting will be posted at a later date at www.manisteemi.gov.