BUENA VISTA TWP, MI – Buena Vista has approved ordinances to allow adult-use marijuana facilities to open in the Saginaw County township.
The township Board of Trustees voted to approve the ordinances at a Monday, March 22 meeting, said Township Supervisor Christina Dillard. The township originally approved medical marijuana ordinances in April 2018, with discussions on approving marijuana businesses beginning at the end of 2020, she said.
The ordinances will allow licenses for dispensaries, grow facilities, processing facilities, transportation businesses and more, Dillard said. It’s tough to say at this time, she said, but if the recreational licensing process plays out along a similar timeline to the medical marijuana process, the first adult use facilities in the township could open to the public in the late fall.
“It is a market now that is definitely not going to go away,” Dillard said. “It can be a very beneficial funding stream for any area that decides to allow such businesses, so we’re looking forward to those revenues those businesses could potentially bring, the jobs, and the traffic that may bring customers to other businesses within the township.”
The township board voted not to allow recreational facilities in December 2018, shortly after Proposal 1 overwhelmingly passed through the Michigan electorate. The vote was both to make sure the township took time to get its ducks in a row and to allow the then-recently-allowed medical marijuana industry room to breathe in the township, Dillard said.
“As a board, we wanted to take our time to make sure that we had everything in alignment, and plus to give the medical marijuana a go,” Dillard said. “We have about a 70% township vote for recreational use, we really just wanted to make sure that we were being open to what the residents want.”