“Pot Zone” Coming to Royal Oak?
Now here’s a zoning issue we never thought would be up for consideration in Oakland County: a Pot Zone in Royal Oak. The Detroit Free Press and the Associated Press (this story is getting national play) are reporting that city officials are proposing limiting “caregivers who raise medical marijuana” to the general business zone. This is to be distinguished from the downtown shopping district — it’s the area situated along Woodward Avenue.
More on this herbal issue, after the jump . . .
A bit of background on this issue — in addition to casting their vote heavily in favor of President Obama last November, Michigan voters also approved a law allowing people to grow marijuana for medical use. The AP reports that the State Community Health Department has already issued 96 medical marijuana permits to caregivers.
It appears that Royal Oak is the first city in the state to consider such a proposal.
Royal Oak’s general business district is almost entirely on Woodward Avenue. Monthly rents — typically $1,500 to $2,000 for a 1,000-square-foot office with utilities — would likely eliminate sole proprietors, but several caregivers could band together to cover the cost, city planning officials said. The proposal’s goal is to reduce traffic and parked cars on residential streets as well as illegal drug-dealing by unscrupulous caregivers. The Royal Oak Plan Commission is to consider the proposal on May 12. —Freep
What do you think of the city’s proposal to limit marijuana sales for medical purposes to the Woodward Corridor? Smart zoning — or creating a red light district?
Freep: Royal Oak considers pot zone