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Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2010

Contact: Matt Bach
Michigan Municipal Leauge
Director of Communications
734-669-6317 / e-mail

Michigan Municipal League Workshop Prepares Communities for Medical Marijuana

50 Michigan Officials Learn about Medical Marihuana Act  

LANSING, Mich.—Fifty community leaders from throughout Michigan learned about the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act today at a Michigan Municipal League (MML) workshop in Lansing.

Matt Newburg, event moderator an associate with the Hubbard Law Firm, said “The main thing we want attendees to come away with is the realization that this law is here to stay and there are things municipality can do to regulate it in their communities. The purpose of the law is to help people that have debilitating medical conditions and it’s not geared toward the black market of drugs and abuse.”

The law has been in effect since December 2008, but questions still remain about how it will impact local governments. 

Event speakers weighed the possible consequences--positive, negative and to-be-determined--of the Act with the discussion centering on the right to farm, dispensaries and zoning. Several communities such as Garden City, Livonia, Niles and Roseville have already developed ordinances to deal with the law’s zoning and farming implications.

Workshop attendees—elected and appointed officials, public safety officers and municipal attorneys—agreed the seminar was helpful.

Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley attended the event to learn more about the issue for his community. “This is new ground for everybody and the public should know their government leaders are taking it seriously,” he said. “I’m glad that the Michigan Municipal League is taking a leadership role in helping us learn more about this law and our options.”

The League also invited media to the event and several reporters from Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing and the surrounding area attended, an indication there is a lot of statewide interest in this topic.

“We felt it was important to let the media know that our members are learning as much as they can about this issue so that they can make informed decisions for the betterment of their communities,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League.  

More about the Medical Marihuana Act >

About the MML
The Michigan Municipal League proactively represents municipalities to help them sustain highly livable, desirable and unique places within the state. Founded in 1899, the League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. For more information on MML, please visit mml.org.

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