Three Oaks Village Council Pauses Marijuana Business Approvals for Ordinance Review

November 16th, 2023 Legislation & Policy Updates
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On November 8th, the Three Oaks Village Council, during its regular meeting, unanimously decided to implement a temporary halt on issuing new licenses, authorizations, and special land use permits related to the sale or dispensation of marijuana. This decision affects dispensaries, marijuana retailers, and similar businesses under Village Ordinances No. 219 and No. 221, as well as the Zoning Ordinance. The aim is to pause these activities while the village makes necessary adjustments to the relevant ordinances.

This moratorium, an amendment to Title 11 concerning Business Regulations, is scheduled to remain in effect until March 20th, 2024, at the latest. Village President Richard Smith clarified that this pause would apply to both retail license applications and special land use permits.

Council member Tyler Ream emphasized the purpose of this action, stating, "We're taking a pause on accepting applications so that we can make a few tweaks to our ordinance." To this, council member Joe Hinman added the importance of also considering zoning changes. Hinman, who previously expressed support for removing the cap on retail licenses, acknowledged that such changes require time to implement.

Smith suggested that the village might be ready to proceed with new regulations sooner than expected, possibly even as early as the following month, though this was speculative.

The ordinance amendment language highlights that currently, Three Oaks has one open license for a marijuana retailer/medical marijuana provisioning center under Village Ordinances No. 219 and No. 221. With multiple entities interested in this license, the village is reviewing and preparing to vote on significant amendments to these ordinances and the Village Zoning Ordinance. The amendments in consideration include, but are not limited to, the number of marijuana retailers and/or medical marijuana provisioning centers allowed to operate in the village. The decision to pause application acceptance is to ensure these matters are adequately resolved before proceeding with new applications under the said ordinances.

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