Bay City is among the latest Michigan communities to show interest in welcoming the medical marijuana industry.
The Bay City Commission voted Monday to approve a resolution to opt into the state's medical marijuana facilities licensing act. The approval allows the city to start crafting ordinances and zoning requirements about where manufacturers and dispensaries might operate.
The Bay City Times reports neighboring Bangor and Pinconning townships spent months to write and approve ordinances. Both of the townships have already started accepting applications for commercial growers, transporters and others.
The vote comes as the state of Michigan is moving ahead on a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the medical marijuana industry. Michigan voters approved marijuana use in 2008 for some chronic medical conditions.