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Scottville’s marijuana ban ‘out the window’

December 19, 2018

Ordinance needed to ban recreational marijuana facilities

SCOTTVILLE — The resolution Scottville city commissioners approved Monday to ban recreational marijuana businesses within the city limits is not valid, and the commission will have to draft a formal ordinance and vote again on the issue, according to Mayor Bruce Krieger.

“The resolution isn’t going to pass. We have to do it by ordinance,” Krieger said. “We’re going to have to do a formal ordinance so that resolution’s out the window.”

Krieger said he hopes to have a valid, formal ordinance drafted sometime in January 2019, though the item is not on any future agendas at this time.

He said he will also make sure the ordinance committee’s input is taken into account as well. Prior to Monday’s meeting, the issue of recreational marijuana sales in Scottville was heading to the city’s ordinance committee for consideration and recommendation.

“We’re going to develop an ordinance to opt out,” he said. “I’m not sure how soon that will be done, but the ordinance committee will be on it. I’ve already got the wheels in motion… it will be in January.”

Krieger said he was informed about the need for an ordinance by City Attorney Tracy Thompson, who said he would not comment on legal recommendations made to city officials.

Thompson did propose during Monday’s meeting that an ordinance be drafted for the opt-out measure, but Krieger said it was not necessary.

“I don’t think we need it,” Krieger told Thompson.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions.

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