Recreational Marijuana

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.

Public Process to Date

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.

Draft Adult Use Marihuana Ordinance

This draft ordinance should not be considered a final product and is subject to change per the City Commission. (Click to download)


Upcoming Dates

The City Commission meetings listed below will have discussion regarding the upcoming recreational marijuana ordinance. Meeting dates and topics are subject to change and will be updated as changes occur.

  • 11/12/19 Planning Commission Work Session

  • 11/19/19 Planning Commission Work Session

  • 12/3/19 Planning Commission Work Session

  • 12/17/19 Planning Commission Work Session

  • 1/7/20 Planning Commission Public Hearing

  • 1/27/20 City Commission Schedules Public Hearing

  • 2/24/20 City Commission Public Hearing

Draft Zoning Map with Approved Buffers

This is a preliminary draft map for informative purposes and should not be taken as a final product. Allowable areas are subject to change pending the finalization of all City Commission established buffer areas.

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Allowable Establishment Areas with City Commission Approved Buffers

Map for zoning allowed marihuana with buffers_printed 10-16-19