Norway says no to marijuana facilities in city

NORWAY — Norway has joined other local municipalities in declining to participate in Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, meaning no commercial growing, processing or distributing facilities will be allowed within the city.

Breitung Township already has opted out, and Norway Township plans to pass a resolution of non-participation at its December meeting, Norway City Manager Ray Anderson told the city council Monday.

Michigan residents will be able Dec. 15 to apply to the state for licenses to operate commercial medical marijuana facilities, but local municipalities have the final say if those facilities will be allowed within their borders.

The state of Michigan and its Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are “way behind” on the act and the city could risk lawsuits if it moved forward on the issue at this time, Anderson said.

Council member Lee Meneghini agreed, calling the law “complicated and confusing.”

In other business, the council:

— Again discussed the issue of traffic safety around Norway-Vulcan Area Schools. Council member Scott Popp suggested installing a traffic light in the area or making some streets one-way. Resident Neil Juntunen initially brought the matter to the council’s attention by reporting many vehicles speeding, running through the four-way stop and not stopping for school buses.

— Agreed to pay $25,320 to maintain stream gauges on the Sturgeon River at U.S. 2 in Loretto and the Menominee River near Vulcan for the next year. This is an annual requirement mandated by the city’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license to operate the Sturgeon Falls Hydroelectric Facility.