Marihuana in Berkley

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Berkley, MI – January 4, 2022 – The Marihuana Hearing Officer, Gregory K. Need, completed another round of recommendations to City administration, City Council, and prospective Marihuana business applicants after holding another Marihuana Business Licensing appeal hearings for the applicant PMA20-0002 (also known as Bud McCool). 

This recommendation comes after the City Manager, Matt Baumgarten, held a second public meeting in November 2021 to specifically address Hearing Officer Need’s previous direction to the administration which was to re-score Bud McCool’s application. Subsequently, the applicant submitted their permitted appeal to the Hearing Officer once more.

The appeal hearing took place in early December 2021. As with the previous appeal hearings, the applicant was able to speak and rebut their scores and City administrators answered any questions the Hearing Officer had. Need reviewed all written and verbal statements and made an updated recommendation to all parties which can be found here. Need is recommending the Council uphold the scoring of PMA20-000-002 (Bud McCools). They received a score of 281.    

The next step includes the recommendation from the Hearing Officer to be considered at a regular meeting of the City Council (Tentatively scheduled for the beginning of the new year, 2022). 

**In order to ensure that all processes are complete and without complication, the appeal process will take place before any development plans can be submitted for site plan review by the Planning Commission.

Unofficial Merit Scoring Results

City Manager Matt Baumgarten held a Public Meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 10 AM to review and score the Marihuana Business License Applications. 


Application Process

Marihuana Policy Documents & Materials 

Marihuana Zoning Ordinance [Adopted December 2019]
Marihuana Licensing Ordinance 
Marihuana Business License Evaluation Merit Point System [Adopted February 3, 2020]

Allowable Locations - "Green Zone" Map [As Adopted in the Marihuana Zoning Ordinance]
Developers Meeting Presentation [Presented March 6, 2020 - Updated June 1, 2020]
Frequently Asked Questions
Marihuana Process Memo | 05.18.2020

Marihuana Business License Application Materials:
[All Items must be completed in Fillable PDF, Printed, and Signed]
Marihuana Business License Application 

Additional Stakeholder Sheet
Additional Onsite Managers Sheet

City Media Releases

(January 2022) Marihuana Hearing Officer holds Appeals Hearing for applicant Bud McCool

(December 2021) City of Berkley Marihuana Update - December 6, 2021

(November 2021) Marihuana Hearing Officer Provides Recommendation to City and Prospective Business Applicants

(September 2021) Marihuana Business Licensing Appeals

(July 2021) City of Berkley Moves to the Appeals Portion of the Marihuana Application Process

(July 2021) City of Berkley Moves Forward to the Next Stage of the Marihuana Application Process

(September 2020) City of Berkley Announces Merit Point Results for Marihuana Business License Applications

(September 2020) City of Berkley Marihuana Business License Application Update

(May 2020) City of Berkley Announces Updated Marihuana Business License Application Process

(February 2020) City of Berkley Has Released the Marihuana Business License Applications

(August 2019) Marihuana Ordinance Update

(June 2019) City of Berkley Plans to Accept Marihuana Applications in 2020

(February 2019) Watch Town Hall Meeting on Recreational Marihuana

(February 2019) Take an Online Survey on Recreational Marihuana

(November 2018) Berkley Council Postpones Action on Proposed Marihuana Ordinance


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