Three out of four Michigan communities don’t want medical marijuana businesses, according to a survey conducted by the University of Michigan.
The survey conducted by U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy polled city and township officials about whether they’ve opted in or opted out to the state’s medical marijuana program.
The results found 75 percent of local officials have decided to opt out of the program.
And most of those communities — 46 percent — chose to opt out by taking no action at all on the issue.
The survey — conducted online for most municipalities and by mail for others — garnered a 70 percent response rate, said Tom Ivacko, associate director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy.
Just eight percent of Michigan communities said they have opted in to the state’s Medical Marihuana and Facilities Licensing Act, thereby allowing businesses to open in their jurisdiction, according to the survey.
That’s slightly higher than information the state has collected: 108 cities and townships out of 1,773 — or six percent — have passed resolutions to opt-in, according to an unofficial list compiled by the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation.
Even with businesses permitted in a quarter of Michigan towns and townships, it’s generated more than 700 business applications to the state, according to the latest figures from regulators.
Below is a online database of responses from the U-M survey, that shows the percentage of cities and townships in a county that have opted-in, opted-out or taken no action on medical marijuana.
Of the communities surveyed, 42 percent said they’ve experienced problems with medical marijuana in their community — and 21 percent said they’ve seen benefits.
Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over at the polls Nov. 6. The proposed law would allow cities and townships to decide whether to permit marijuana businesses in their jurisdiction — just as medical marijuana businesses are treated now.
— Amy Biolchini is the marijuana beat reporter for MLive. Contact her with questions, tips or comments at email@example.com. Read more from MLive about medical marijuana.