Niles will offer a new type of marijuana license – Leader Publications

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Niles will offer a new type of marijuana license

Posted at 12:07 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022

NILES — A new type of marijuana license will soon be available to interested businesses.

Niles City Council voted 6-1 to order staff to post required public notices and draft a zoning ordinance and police powers ordinance amendment to allow class micro business licenses A without increasing the total number of licenses available for any type of micro marijuana business. Council member Georgia Boggs was the dissenting voter.

With this motion approved, the city will move forward with the ordinance modification process. The amended ordinance is expected to undergo a first and a second reading before being adopted by the city council.

Once amended, the ordinance will not increase the number of micro-business licenses offered by the city, which is four.

“This will allow the two (micro-enterprises) that are already operating to become a Class A micro-enterprise, allowing them to sell other producers and produce another processor’s product and potentially the other two open to do the same” said Mayor Nick Shelton. “We’re not increasing the number, we’re just determining what kind of license we’re going to allow these micro businesses to have.”

Currently, City of Niles ordinances, police powers, and zoning permit specific types and amounts of marijuana business licenses. According to city officials, the Niles Planning Commission has received an application and heard public comment on an application to add the Microbusiness Class A marijuana license type to the current list of permitted license types.

A standard microenterprise can be vertically integrated but is limited to 150 factories and must produce all crops or products in-house. A Class A microenterprise license would double the number of plants to 300 and allow microenterprises to buy and sell mature plants, edibles and other products from licensed operators. Unlike standard microenterprise licenses, Class A microenterprises are not permitted to process their plants into oils, extracts, or infused cannabis products.

On August 24, the Planning Commission passed a motion recommending that City Council consider adding Class A microenterprise as a permitted type of marijuana license without increasing the total number of marijuana licenses available. On August 22 and September 12, City Council held Committee of the Whole discussions and received public comments regarding the potential expansion of marijuana licenses and the inclusion of the Class A microenterprise license type.

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