Adult-Use (Recreational) Marijuana Engagement & Outreach
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, creating the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA). This proposal to legalize adult-use (recreational) marijuana was approved by Royal Oak voters by a wide margin -- 69 percent to 31 percent.
Michigan law allows communities to permit, ban or place restrictions on marijuana-related businesses. The city commission is currently taking several steps to study and evaluate allowing marijuana growers, safety compliance facilities, processors, microbusinesses and retailers in Royal Oak. A brief description of the types of marijuana-related facilities can be found here. While researching this issue, the city's goal is to provide information and receive as much feedback as possible from its residents.
You Ask; We Answer
We asked residents to submit their questions on legalized marijuana. Here's what you want to know.
- Is it possible that marijuana provisioning centers (retail outlets) will provide a safer product within a safe environment to make a purchase when wanted and needed?
- Royal Oak was just named one of America’s safest cities and now the city wants to attract crime? Why?
- With all the bars in Royal Oak, will this create additional problems for our Police Department?
- How will the monies from collected taxes and fees be allocated to local communities? Would it be more money if Royal Oak opted in as opposed to banning commercial marijuana enterprises?
- What makes Royal Oak an attractive destination for commercial marijuana businesses?
- Royal Oak has a red-hot economic engine that would come to a halt if Big Marijuana moves in. Why would Royal Oak want to end the development of the downtown?
- Many of the 30% that voted against recreational marijuana will voice their opposition loudly to marijuana land uses in Royal Oak. How do we ensure that the 70% who voted for it are heard?
- Is there concern conducting commercial marijuana business in Royal Oak will attract criminal enterprises and have another negative impacts on the city?
- How will having recreational marijuana commercial businesses help our families and children?
- Why wouldn’t we encourage the maximum number of marijuana business in Royal Oak, instead of trying to restrict the number and location?
- Does the language referencing adult-use recreational facilities refer to facilities that only sell recreation marijuana, or that sell and allow onsite use of marijuana?
- What are the restrictions for growing outside?
Watch the City Commission Work Session on Marijuana
If you missed the work session on legalized marijuana, you can watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVfWzqxo_wg
Do you have a question for the city commission regarding marijuana-related businesses in Royal Oak? We'd love to hear it.