City of Flint “Opt-In” to Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, 45-day Window for Provisioning Center and other Licenses begins Tuesday

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Flint, Michigan – July 30, 2018. – At their meeting on Monday, July 23rd, Flint City Council put the finishing touches on the Medical Marihuana Scoring Rubric, thus finalizing the City’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) ordinance. Now with the Council and the Mayor’s approval, the rubric will be utilized to score and ultimately rank applications that are submitted to the City for Medical Marihuana Provisioning, Safety Compliance, or Secure Transporting licenses.

Passage of the scoring rubric results in a 45-day application “window” opening at 9:00 am Tuesday, July 31st and closing on Friday, September 14th at 3:00 pm. All applications for Medical Marihuana Provisioning, Testing, and Transporting facilities must be submitted to the City’s Zoning Office at that time. Applications submitted after 3:00 pm on Friday, September 14th will not be accepted by the City of Flint and will not be considered for scoring. These scores will determine the order in which applications for these licenses will be processed through the City of Flint, up to the capped number of licenses for these license types.

However, applications for Medical Marihuana Growing and/or Processing Facility licenses are available now, and will be accepted at any time. The applications for these license types are available on the City’s website, and are not subject to this application window or a merit review.

The Flint City Council approved a MMFLA “opt-in” ordinance on May 14th, 2018. The City’s MMFLA ordinance will allow for the commercial growing, processing, testing, transporting, and provisioning of medical marihuana to legal State of Michigan medical marihuana cardholders.

The ordinance sets zoning regulations on the different uses as well as “caps” the total number of certain facilities within the City. Key elements of the ordinance include:

–           All medical marihuana facilities must be at least 1,000 ft. away from a Pre-K through 12 school; 500 ft. away from a dedicated public park or place of worship; and 300 ft. from a residentially zoned property.

–           No more than four (4) Provisioning centers can exist within 2,000 ft. of one-another or other Group “A” special regulated uses.

–           Growing, Processing, Testing and Transporting facilities can only be located in manufacturing and industrial zoning districts, i.e. those Zoned E, F, and G.

–           Provisioning centers can only be located in high-traffic commercial, manufacturing, and industrially zoned districts, i.e. in Zones D-5, D-6, E, F, and G.

–           A maximum allocation of licenses was set at the following caps:

o   Provisioning Center: 20 licenses

o   Secure Transporting: 5 License

o   Safety Compliance: 5 Licenses

o   Growing Centers: No Limit

o   Processing Centers: No Limit

–           A $1,500 non-refundable application fee (and additional fees for plan review and approval).

–           A $5,000 non-refundable, annual re-licensing fee.

To access the complete MMFLA ordinance, obtain an application, or view the potential areas permitted for medical marihuana facilities, please visit ( ).

For questions on the ordinance and application process, please contact the City’s Planning & Zoning Division at (810)-766-7426 (exts. 3060 or 3028).