Join us at 11:30 a.m. for a live chat with a proponent of a citizen-sponsored initiative that would establish three medical marijuana dispensaries in Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo-based criminal defense attorney John Targowski of Targowski & Grow PLLC helped author the proposed city charter amendment that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot for Kalamazoo voters. Targowski specializes in Michigan's medical marijuana law, which was enacted by voters in 2008.

Language of the proposed amendment states, "Shall the Kalamazoo City Charter be amended such that three (3) medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted within the city limits?"

The proposal seeks to create a licensing system in Kalamazoo to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. Owners of dispensaries would pay an annual $3,000 registration fee to the city of Kalamazoo. Dispensaries would be located in "visible store-front locations in appropriate commercial districts," according to the charter amendment proposal. They would have to be at least 500 feet from pre-existing public schools, private schools or other dispensaries.

Targowski also will participate in a public meeting Tuesday evening with other proponents. Kalamazoo Patients for Safe Access, a nonprofit committee of area residents, is hosting the meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Van Deusen Room at the Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St.

Here are a few areas I hope to explore in the live chat: What are the reasons for this proposed charter amendment? Why propose three dispensaries instead of more or fewer?

Targowski is a 1998 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 2002 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He has been a practicing criminal attorney since 2003. He has worked as a prosecutor and a public defender in California, according to his bio.

Do you have questions for Targowski? Leave them in the comments below or send me an email. Then join the conversation at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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