Bear Lake Village on the Verge of Embracing Cannabis Industry

January 31st, 2024 Legislation & Policy Updates
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Bear Lake Village, located in Michigan, is actively exploring the possibility of welcoming cannabis businesses into its community. The village's President, Shelly Lynnes, is spearheading efforts to potentially revise local ordinances to permit marijuana sales or transportation operations.

During a council meeting on January 25th, 2024, the council members unanimously agreed to authorize Lynnes to consult with Rob Carson, the Regional Director of Community Development at Networks Northwest, or other relevant experts. This decision marks a significant step towards drafting an ordinance that could pave the way for cannabis businesses in Bear Lake Village.

Lynnes, recognizing the potential benefits of such businesses, noted that Bear Lake already has suitable buildings for this purpose. She highlighted that legalizing cannabis has not led to increased crime or negative impacts on communities. Instead, Lynnes pointed out that it has spurred growth in neighboring towns.

The council's meeting also included input from Trever Johnson of Authentic 231, a cannabis business based in Manistee. Johnson emphasized the economic benefits that a retail cannabis location could bring to the village, such as increased spending and community engagement, especially during local events like lake and music days.

Lynnes also reflected on the evolving public perception of recreational marijuana sales. She cited the growth and positive impacts observed in nearby counties, such as Benzie, Manistee, and Grand Traverse, that have allowed cannabis establishments.

Johnson discussed financial benefits from the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. Counties and municipalities hosting marijuana businesses receive annual funds from the state's excise tax on cannabis. For instance, in Fiscal Year 2022, Manistee City received over $259,000, Marilla Township got about $51,800, and Manistee County received approximately $311,000 for their respective licensees. These funds also contribute to the state's school aid and transportation funds, supporting education and infrastructure.

Furthermore, Johnson suggested that Bear Lake Village could explore cannabis transportation operations if a retail outlet isn't feasible. In Michigan, cannabis growers and processors are required to use third-party transport services, licensed through the Cannabis Regulatory Agency, to move their products securely.

This potential shift in Bear Lake Village's stance on cannabis businesses signifies a broader trend of communities reevaluating the role of cannabis in economic development and societal progress.

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