On Dec. 15, the State of Michigan will begin accepting applications to permit medical marihuana licenses for five sectors -- growing, processing, safety compliance facility (testing), transporting, and provisioning center (selling).

The state will also allow local governments to permit any -- or none -- of these marihuana sectors in their own jurisdictions. Battle Creek and nearby communities have begun discussing the state's marihuana laws at public meetings, and some have drafted ordinances allowing the five sectors.

Before taking action to allow -- or not allow -- medical marihuana licenses in the City of Battle Creek, the City Commission wants to hear comments and input from YOU about this new industry in Michigan. Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information -- http://battlecreekmi.gov/FAQ.aspx?TID=26 -- and complete the survey below.

Your answers will help the City Commission decide which, if any, medical marihuana businesses should be allowed in Battle Creek. Thank you for your time today!

* 1. This survey is anonymous, but we would like to know if you... (check all that apply)

* 2. If the City Commission allows growing, testing, processing, or the selling of medical marihuana in Battle Creek, how much would this worry you?

  1 - Not worried at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - Extremely worried
Choose on a scale from 1-10.
Below are the definitions of the five types of marihuana facilities. Based on this information, please answer questions 3-7.

1. Grower -- A commercial entity that cultivates, dries, trims, or cures and packages marihuana for sale to a processor or provisioning center.

2. Processor -- A commercial entity that purchases marihuana from a grower and extracts resin from the marihuana, or creates a marihuana-infused product for sale and transfer in packaged form to a provisioning center.

3. Safety Compliance (testing) -- A commercial entity that receives marihuana from a marihuana facility or registered primary caregiver, tests it for contaminants, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids, returns the test results, and may return the marihuana to the facility.

4. Secure Transporter -- A commercial entity that stores marihuana and transports it between marihuana facilities for a fee.

5. Provisioning Center (selling) -- A commercial entity that purchases marihuana from a grower or processor and sells, supplies, or provides marihuana to registered qualifying patients, directly or through their registered, primary caregivers.

* 3. Do you support growing facilities in Battle Creek?

* 4. Do you support processing facilities in Battle Creek?

* 5. Do you support testing facilities in Battle Creek?

* 6. Do you support transporting facilities in Battle Creek?

* 7. Do you support selling facilities in Battle Creek?

* 8. Other Michigan communities plan to prohibit medical marihuana businesses within 500 to 1,000 feet of schools, parks, churches, day cares, and residential areas.
Should the City of Battle Creek do the same?

* 9. City staff have drafted Medical Marihuana Maps to show potential areas in the city where these business would be allowed and prohibited.
Do you support limited locations for potential medical marihuana businesses?

* 10. Should the City Commission limit the number of medical marihuana business permits/licenses, to control growth of this industry?

* 11. Should the City Commission regulate the following items related to a medical marihuana business? Check all those you believe should be regulated.

* 12. Please share any other comments you have -- about restriction ideas, concerns, or other issues -- related to the new medical marihuana licenses.