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Scottville: Committee recommends marijuana opt-out

December 30, 2018

SCOTTVILLE — City officials are moving forward with two ordinances to opt out of all marijuana businesses in the city limits, and the process of formally adopting the proposals could potentially begin before the end of January.

The city’s ordinance committee on Friday morning at city hall reviewed two ordinances drafted by the Dickinson Wright law firm Friday morning at the city hall building, and Mayor Bruce Krieger said committee members will send the proposals to the full city commission with the recommendation that they be approved.

City Manager Amy Williams said the opt-out measures encompass both recreational marijuana and medical marijuana, but noted that the city is not foreclosing on the possibility of allowing medical marijuana facilities in the future. Rather, she said, Dickinson Wright is advising that municipalities wait for Michigan to establish recreational marijuana regulations before making a decision regarding medical marijuana.

She said if the state establishes provisions that allow medical marijuana businesses to automatically gain licenses for recreational use, it would conflict with the proposals currently being discussed.

“The attorneys are saying that if you want medical and may not want recreational or vice versa, you should opt out, see what Michigan does as a state and then cover yourselves after you see what Michigan does as a state,” Williams said. “We will review what Michigan puts in place for medical and recreational and then revisit medical.”

Krieger said members of the committee — which consists of Krieger, committee chair and Mayor Pro-Tem Marcy Spencer and at-large commissioner Sally Cole — were in agreement about the issue.

“(The meeting) went well and the committee recommended to submit those two ordinances to the full commission,” Krieger said. “All that does is protect us until the state decides what they’re going to do.”

The committee reviewed two ordinances organized by Dickinson Wright — a general opt-out ordinance and a zoning-specific ordinance.

Read the full story in Saturday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Edition.

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