Not quite ready: Scottville marijuana vote delayed

August 19, 2018

SCOTTVILLE — The issue of medical marijuana legality in the City of Scottville will not be decided as early as some officials had hoped.

The drafting of an ordinance for medical marijuana facilities and dispensaries to operate within the city limits — spearheaded by Second Ward Commissioner Leon Begue — was expected to appear on the agenda for Monday’s city commission meeting. Now, however, it is tentatively slated for the Sept. 4 meeting.

City Manager Amy Williams said the ordinance draft was sent to City Attorney Tracy Thompson for review, and that Thompson said he needed more time to look through the document.

“What’s happened (is that) Tracy’s office schedule did not allow him enough time to get him through his portion of the review,” Begue said. “So he asked that we postpone the first reading until Sept. 4.”

The delay follows an Aug. 6 statement from Begue in which he expressed a desire to expedite the ordinance drafting process to have something ready prior to the November general election.

Begue said he did not want the public to confuse the city’s medical marijuana ordinance with the recreational marijuana issue that will be on the November ballot, saying the two have nothing to do with each other.

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