December 20, 2014

Standish City Council to hold hearing on medical marijuana

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STANDISH — The city of Standish will address the controversial issue of legal medical marijuana sales permits within the city limits at their next city council meeting Thursday, June 17.

The council will meet to discuss Standish city ordinance No. 246, which, if passed, would give the city the power to put a six-month moratorium on the issuance of permits for the sale or dispensation of medical marijuana within the city limits.

“All we’re going do is put in for an ordinance that would declare a moratorium that would halt medical marijuana dispensing for six months, so we can study it,” said Standish City Manager Mike Moran. “We want to study the pros and cons.”

Though many think medical marijuana is legal anywhere in the state, since voters legalized the drug just months ago, Standish City Mayor Mark Winslow said he was told that there is a choice.

“They left it very vague, and because of that there are very touchy areas. We can allow it and regulate it. We can disallow it. Or, we can allow it and not regulate it,” said the mayor about the rules of medical marijuana in the state of Michigan. “To be honest with you, I don’t harbor any fears that some people do. At this particular point, I am not pressing any panic buttons.”

With the council studying other ordinances from different areas around the state, Winslow said that some places don’t allow the sale of medical marijuana within 1,000 feet of community places like schools.

During a phone interview on Monday, Winslow said that those kind of considerations could be interesting in a city like Standish since it’s so small.

Though some may think that the city may see some resistance about the possible delay, Moran thinks that the hearing will go quite quickly.

“I think it will go quickly,” Moran said last week. “I haven’t had any indication about a group that doesn’t support it.”

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