Scottville marijuana opt-out moves forward after 5-1 vote

January 9, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — City commissioners in Scottville will move forward with an ordinance that would prohibit marijuana businesses from operating within the city limits following a 5-1 vote Monday at city hall.

The one dissenting vote came from First Ward Commissioner Sue Petipren, who said she felt that the residents of the city had made their opinions clear when both of the city’s wards approved Proposal 1 in the Nov. 6 general election, and when voters approved medical marijuana as a ballot initiative in 2008.

“I have a problem that we have gone this far, and both wards have shown us that they want … marijuana, and as a commissioner, I feel we need to go with their wishes,” Petipren said. “I hear (constituents) crying for medical marijuana, and I want to support that.”

Mayor Bruce Krieger, who has vocally opposed both medical and recreational marijuana in the past, responded by saying that he has been approached by 56 residents about the issue, and only one has been in favor of medical marijuana.

“There’s no question that they want it,” Petipren replied. “And I would like to support that.”

Second Ward Commissioner Connie Duncil also expressed some concern about the phrasing of the new ordinance and recommended that the city be open to allowing medical marijuana facilities, if not recreational ones.

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