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Scottville approves first portion of marijuana opt-out

February 20, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — The prohibition of marijuana businesses in Scottville is almost complete, following the adoption Monday night of an ordinance that bans marijuana sales and establishments within the city limits.

The measure passed in a 4-3 vote, with commissioners Rob Alway, Sally Cole, Marcy Spencer and Mayor Bruce Krieger voting in favor and commissioners Brian Benyo, Connie Duncil and Sue Petipren voting against.

The motion was made by Alway and supported by Spencer.

The general opt-out ordinance approved by commissioners on Monday states that marijuana establishments, as defined by the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, are “completely prohibited within the boundaries of (Scottville),” and states that any application to establish such a business is an ordinance violation punishable by a $500 fine.

It’s the first of two opt-out ordinances drafted for the City of Scottville by the Dickenson Wright law firm to be formally approved by the city commission. The second, a zoning-specific ordinance prohibiting the sale and public use of marijuana and also establishing a $500 municipal infraction fine for people who violate the ordinance, was also introduced at Monday’s meeting, passing with a 4-3 vote with commissioners Alway, Cole, Spencer and Krieger voting in favor and commissioners Benyo, Duncil and Petipren voting against.

The zoning opt-out will now be advertised for a 30-day period before returning to the commission for final approval on April 1.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.