Most communities in Michigan do not want medical marijuana, says the survey - MLive.com

Three out of four communities in Michigan do not want medical marijuana companies, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan.

The U-M Ford School of Public Policy survey asked urban and municipal officials whether they had opted for the state's medical marijuana program.

The results showed that 75 percent of local officials decided not to participate in the program.

And most of those communities – 46 percent – chose to log out by taking no action at all.

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The survey – conducted online for most municipalities and by mail for others – garnered a response rate of 70 percent, said Tom Ivacko, associate director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy at the U-M's Ford School of Public Policy.

Only eight percent of Michigan communities said they have opted for the State Medical Marijuana and Facilities Licensing Act, allowing companies to open their jurisdiction according to their investigation.

This is slightly higher than the information gathered by the state: 108 cities and townships of 1773 – or six percent – have adopted resolutions to register, according to an unofficial list drawn up by the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.

Even with companies allowed in a number of cities and townships in Michigan, it generates more than 700 business applications for the state, according to the latest figures from regulators.

Below is an online database with answers from the U-M survey, which shows the percentage of cities and municipalities in a province that has registered, is not registered or has not taken action for medical marijuana.

Of the respondents, 42 percent said they had problems with medical marijuana in their community – and 21 percent said they saw benefits.

Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and over during the polls on 6 November. The proposed law would allow cities and townships to decide whether to allow marijuana farms in their jurisdiction, just as medical marijuana farms are now being treated.

– Amy Biolchini is the marijuana beat reporter for MLive. Contact her with questions, tips or comments at abiolch1@mlive.com. Read more from MLive about medical marijuana.

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