Marquette and the MRTMA
The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) was passed by Michigan voters in November 2018. The act legalized marijuana in the State of Michigan and mandated a licensing structure for the production and distribution of the substance.
Governor Whitmer authorized the creation of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in March 2019 to produce framework for implementing the MRTMA. In July, the MRA released emergency rules to establish the licensure process and provide clarification about aspects of the MRTMA. Additionally, the rules established four new licenses types: excess marihuana grower, designated consumption establishments, marihuana event organizer and temporary marihuana event.
As provided for in the MRTMA, the Marquette City Commission voted to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana establishments while the State was formulating the rules for implementation. Now that the rules are available and the State is preparing to issue licenses, the City Commission is working to move forward and allow retail establishments.
The City Commission has been undertaking a public process as the rules and regulations of recreational marijuana establishments have been evolving. Dates and material from these meetings are provided below. Upcoming meeting dates are also listed below, however they are subject to change as needed.
The Planning Commission has also been undertaking a public process to develop zoning guidelines for recreational marijuana establishments. Dates and material from these meetings are provided below, as well as upcoming meeting dates.