The City of Owosso Assistant City Manager Sue Montenegro reported during the Monday, Dec. 14 Owosso City Planning Commission Meeting that the new Owosso Medical Marijuana Dispensary (102 E. Corunna Avenue, Owosso) was shut down Tuesday, Dec. 15 after receiving a Cease and Desist letter from Shiawassee Prosecuting Attorney Deanna Finnegan. While the Owosso City Ordinance allows for the operation of the dispensary, the State law prohibiting medical marijuana allows police to shut them down.
Also discussed during their meeting were potential plans should state legislators pass House Bills 4209 and 4287, which would legalize medical marijuana dispensary statewide. In the event of the Bills’ passing, the city of Owosso will need to create an authorizing Ordinance that will mirror the State Bills. Also discussed was a licensing fee for the medical marijuana dispensaries, which the Bill says municipalities can charge up to $1,000 per dispensary. The name of the dispensaries will be changed to “Provisioning Centers.”
The current city Ordinance states that the dispensaries must be 1,000 feet from schools and city parks and 500 feet from churches, daycares, libraries and existing residences.