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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Recreational Marihuana Establishments Update


*Cannabis used for medical/recreational purposes is referred to as "Marihuana" under the Michigan Marihuana Act and is not a misspelling of marijuana.

The Iron Mountain City Council has approved amendments to the City Code of Ordinances regulating recreational marihuana establishments and the selection of license applicants within the City of Iron Mountain.

Chapter 14, Article VII, Section 14-310, addresses the purpose, intent, relationship to other laws, City liabilities and indemnification of recreational marihuana facilities.  The following legislation will be effective on November 6, 2019.

Link to Article VII Recreational Marihuana Establishments

Chapter 74, Article IV, Section 74-433, addresses the establishment of certain types of recreational marihuana establishments in the City of Iron Mountain and provides for the adoption of reasonable restrictions to protect the public health, safety, general welfare of the community at large, character of neighborhood and business districts and mitigation of potential impacts on surrounding properties and persons.  The following legislation will be effective on November 6, 2019.

Link to the Recreational Marihuana Zoning Ordinance

Scoring Rubric

Applications will be scored competitively using a rubric similar to the medical marihuana facilities.  A scoring rubric is a tool that will assign specific points for a specific list of criteria established by City Council.  The recreational marihuana rubric is not yet available.


The ordinance allows for two establishments within the City.  Applications require a non-refundable fee of $1,500.  Applications will not be available until November 6th.  The window for submitting applications will be between November 6th and December 23rd.

Potential applicants should study the ordinances and the rubric closely before applying.  Applications will be scored "as submitted".  Please note that the application fee is not refundable to any applicant including unsuccessful applicants.

The ordinances above will answer most questions, questions not addressed in the above links, or general comments can be submitted at the link below:

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