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New Lapeer police chief to be sworn in Monday

Officials also to hear update on medical marijuana plans
BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2601 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


Lt. Dave Frisch Lt. Dave Frisch LAPEER — Dave Frisch will take the oath of office Monday evening to become the new chief of the Lapeer Police Dept. following the retirement of Todd Alexander.

District Court Judge Laura Cheger Barnard will swear in Frisch at a meeting of the Lapeer City Commission, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Frisch, 54, has served on the Lapeer Police Dept. for 27 years, the last 15 years as lieutenant.

Also on the agenda at Monday’s meeting will be a visit by Justin Dunaskiss who requested time during the public comment period to provide an update on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). Dunaskiss is expected to inform Lapeer officials of the appointment of licensing board members, development of proposed rules/regulations and a brief overview of the rules making process underway by the state Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Dunaskiss is a partner at Dunaskiss Consulting & Development, a full-service, multi-client government affairs and lobbying organization based in Lake Orion founded by former state Sen. Mat Dunaskiss. He was one of the panelists invited by City Manager Dale Kerbyson to speak at a workshop session held last winter regarding medical marijuana.

His firm worked closely with the legislature and various stakeholders throughout the drafting and ultimately passage of the recently enacted MMFLA. They have traveled to states where medical marijuana is permitted where they met with various state agencies, law enforcement divisions as well as local government leaders to learn their best practices and identify what did and did not work for them.

Dunaskiss is the chair for Orion Township’s Planning Commission. His firm has written several medical marijuana licensing model ordinances, many of which have been enacted throughout the state.

In April, the Lapeer City Commission agreed to opt in to state laws allowing some type of medical marijuana business to operate in the city.

The choices were to opt in to agree to allow some level of medical marijuana in the city, opt out or against or do nothing — which would’ve had the same effect as voting “no.”

As a result, department heads and planning officials will take up the matter of how the city might allow one, some or all five license types that are now permitted by three laws signed last December by Gov. Rick Snyder. Michigan voters in 2008 supported a citizen-led initiative in favor of the sale and distribution of medical marijuana in the state, but ever since there has been a great deal of confusion as to what is permitted and how communities can regulate the drug.

Michigan municipalities have until December to notify the State of Michigan their decision regarding the allowance of medical marijuana operations within their jurisdictions. License types permitted by state law include: provisioning centers (retail dispensary locations), grow operations, transporters, processors and safety compliance facilities (authorized to test marijuana for pesticides and dosage strength, etc.).

In other business Monday, the city commission will be asked by the Lapeer Dog Park Fundraising Committee to open a bank account at Lakestone Bank & Trust to receive online donations for construction of a dog park at Rotary Park. The account would be used solely for this purpose and would eliminate any possible risk that may arise from linking a current account to an online source.

The Lapeer City Commission meets in second-floor chambers at city hall at the northeast corner of Nepessing and Court streets. Public comment period is available at the beginning and end of regular business before the commission.

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