Scottville: Marijuana opt-out measure to be reviewed Dec. 28

December 21, 2018

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville Ordinance and Finance Committee has set a time and day to discuss the possibility of opting out of allowing recreational marijuana businesses to operate within the city limits.

The committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28 to discuss the implementation of an official ordinance to opt out, according to City Manager Amy Williams.

The ordinance committee meeting follows an attempt to ban recreational marijuana facilities and provisioning centers through resolution alone during Monday’s city commission meeting.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bruce Krieger told the Daily News that the resolution — which was approved unanimously by all present commissioners on Monday night — was not valid, and any opt-out action would need to be made through a formal ordinance.

Prior to Monday’s city commission meeting, an opt-out ordinance drafted by the Dickinson Wright law firm was to be reviewed and considered by the ordinance committee before the city took any action on the matter.

Williams said that ordinance — which the city has already purchased from Dickinson Wright for $700 as part of a consortium of municipalities in the wake of the passing of Proposal 1 in the November general election — is the one that will be discussed on Dec. 28.

“It’s going to go back to the committee to be reviewed… We spent money to have that ordinance drafted as part of a consortium, so we thought why not just use that (ordinance),” Williams said, noting that City Attorney Tracy Thompson would not have to write up the opt-out measure himself.

“Basically, Tracy doesn’t have to go back and reinvent the wheel,” she said.

Williams said if the ordinance committee sends the measure back to the full commission with a recommendation to opt out, the ordinance would go through the normal channels, including a first reading and public comment period.

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