Scottville to introduce first ordinance to ban marijuana businesses

January 6, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — After months of discussion about recreational marijuana — and more than a year of considering medical marijuana — city commissioners on Monday will hold a formal first reading of an ordinance to ban businesses related to both within the Scottville city limits.

The measure — one of two prepared by the law firm Dickinson Wright, which has drawn up ordinances for municipalities throughout the state — would prohibit marijuana establishments in the city.

The second Dickinson Wright measure will be reviewed further before going before the full commission, according to City Manager Amy Williams.

“The second ordinance, which pertains to the zoning side of the issue, is being sent to the planning commission for review and for a public hearing to be held,” Williams said. “They will take this issue up at their (Tuesday, Feb. 5) meeting.”

The first reading of the general opt-out ordinance follows a review conducted by the city’s ordinance and personnel committee, consisting of Mayor Bruce Krieger, Mayor Pro-Tem Marcy Spencer and At-Large Commissioner Sally Cole, on Dec. 28, when committee members unanimously agreed to recommend the ordinance to the full city commission, according to Krieger.

Williams recommended a first reading of the ordinance, which has been reviewed and adjusted by City Attorney Tracy Thompson, in the notes for Monday’s meeting.

The prohibition of marijuana establishments states that “(marijuana) establishments are completely prohibited within the boundaries of the city” and stipulates that “any applicant for state or local license to establishment … shall be deemed not in compliance with this ordinance.”

Williams said Thompson added to the language regarding the prohibition of marijuana sales and consumption in public places.

The city commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Scottville City Hall, 105 N. Main St.

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