The recreational marijuana ballot proposal in the Nov. 6 general election was passed statewide, but local municipalities already are showing they want nothing to do with allowing the sale, cultivation and distribution of pot within their borders.
Dorr Township appears poised to be the latest local unit of government to opt out of permitting any marijuana business activity. Township Planning Commissioner Terri Rios brought up the issue Tuesday night, even though the decision is in the hands of the Township Board.
Rios said she’d like Professional Code Inspections to draw up an ordinance prohibiting the sale, distribution and cultivation of pot in the township and she promised to have the Township Board vote on it very soon, perhaps as early as the Thursday, Nov. 29, meeting.
Eric Thompson of PCI said, “This would allow you to control the larger scale operations. I think this is going to end up being very big, but obviously not here.”
Rios said, “In our township, 57 percent of the people said no (on Nov. 6). I think we need to listen to that.”
Commission Vice Chairman Robert Traxler said he personally opposes use of marijuana, but, “It’s going to be a gold mine, like it or not. It’s going to be very profitable. I wish we could let our local farmers have a shot (at growing it).”
The state-wide ballot proposal was passed with about 55 percent of the vote, but it was soundly rejected in Allegan County.
Martin Township last week became the first municipality in this area to prohibit marijuana businesses, but the substance will become legal for personal use as early as Dec. 6.