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Municipalities inch toward permanent decision on marijuana

The City of Hastings is still collecting information on the recreational marijuana law and its possible effects before it makes a more permanent decision on what to do.

The city council passed an ordinance earlier this year opting out of the recreational marijuana. Although the ordinance expires in May, the council is working to replace it by the end of the year.

“We're really trying to see what the law is going to be,” Hastings Mayor Dave Tossava said.

The council is doing its research, working with attorney Stephanie Fekkes, getting information from the Michigan Municipal League and talking to state Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland.

Tossava said the issue will be discussed at an upcoming council workshop meeting, and he expects a decision to be made in the next few months.

In Middleville, the village council unanimously approved a measure banning marijuana facilities and establishments in April, but that action included a provision that the planning commission revisit the ordinance in January.

At a committee of the whole meeting on Oct. 1, the council agreed to hold a joint meeting with the planning commission after the final rules are put in place by the state.

Village attorney Mark Nettleton said he would update the two entities at that meeting on the regulations, after which the council could decide whether to retain its “opt-out” status.

“We have business owners that are interested. We might as well run this out and see where it sits,” Middleville Trustee Mike Cramer said.


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