Medical Marijuana Dispensaries the Topic of Discussion at Ludington City Council Meeting

It was very packed for the Ludington City Council meeting last night where recreational marijuana was part of the discussion. It was the first presentation of an ordinance to “opt-out” of marijuana dispensaries with in the city limits. Interim City Manager Steve Brock recommended to enact an “opt-out” ordinance to give time to see what happens next at the state level and all around Ludington. The ordinance could still be amended later on if the city decides to change it’s mind. The plan is for the council to vote on that ordinance at the next meeting which takes place on the 17th. There were many in attendance and 9 people from the crowd got up to give their opinion on recreational marijuana during the public comment section of the meeting set apart just for that topic. Opinions ranged from people being completely against an opt-out, some pleeing with the city to wait to make a decision as there was still plenty of time to make one, and a couple of people that agreed the opt-out was the correct move.


Local Municipalities Starting Discussions On Marijuana Facilities in their Jurisdiction

Local municipalities are trying to figure out whether or not to allow marijuana facilities within their jurisdictions after the legalization of marijuana in the state. The discussion has started in Scottville now as it was brought up at their most recent city commission meeting earlier in the week. The commission made the decision to have a pre-drafted opt-out ordinance drafted by law firm Dickinson Wright. That doesn’t mean they will opt-out, but they are prepared to, if they chose to. Ludington has already got the discussion going last month at a public safety meeting on November 19th. There is still plenty of time for municipalities to decide whether or not to opt-out or to choose how many facilities they will allow. At some point the state will make their recommendations on what should be allowed for municipalities that don’t decide to opt- out.

Discussion regarding recreational marijuana facilities in the city of Scottville is now underway, following the passing of Proposal 1 in the Nov. 6 election and both city officials and residents weighed in Monday at Scottville City Hall.

The commission made the decision to have a pre-drafted opt-out ordinance — a measure that would prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in Scottville — sent to the city’s ordinance committee for review. The ordinance was drafted by the law firm of Dickinson Wright for Scottville and several other municipalities in the event that city commissioners choose not to allow recreational marijuana facilities in the city.

City Attorney Tracy Thompson said it was a smart move to have the ordinance committee review the draft, adding that he’s glad the city waited to make a decision regarding medical marijuana sales — another hot-button issue throughout the past year — until after the Nov. 6 election.

He believes the issue of medical marijuana dispensaries has been rendered a “dead end,” economically speaking, by the passing of Proposal 1, which makes marijuana use legal for people who are at least 21 years old.

“In my opinion, medical marijuana doesn’t seem like a viable business model,” Thompson said, adding that he believes residents are more likely to patronize facilities selling recreational marijuana than those strictly distributing medical marijuana.

He urged the commission to make headway in terms of coming to a decision as to whether or not to allow recreational marijuana sales in Scottville, saying that the matter will be decided on the state level if the commission waits too long.

“We can’t just sit on our hands. If we don’t do anything, then the state would allow marijuana dispensaries within the city of Scottville,” Thompson said. “If you decide that this is business you want here, you should find out where and how much and pass a responsible ordinance.

“It’s pretty clear it needs to be done before the state passes its recommendations… That could take a year, but I wouldn’t wait that long.”

Discussion among residents was not limited to recreational marijuana alone, as several locals spoke up to advocate allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in addition to or instead of recreational ones.


Ludington Wins Boys Basketball Season Opener

Ludington Orioles get the win in their season opener on the road against the Cadillac Vikings with a final score of 66-55. It was a back and forth game with many lead changes and a tie game at 26-26 going into half. The Orioles played very well in the second half and outscored the Vikings by 9 points in the 4th quarter. Ludington Guard Brayden Porter was feeling it from 3 point range, hitting five 3 pointers to finish with 15 points. Senior Forward Joshua Laman had himself a game finishing with 18 points. Nine Oriole players contributed in the scoring column and it was an all around team solid team performance for Ludington.

Scoring by Quarter:

QTR 1 -- LHS - 15, CHS - 10
QTR 2 -- LHS - 11, CHS - 16
QTR 3 -- LHS - 16, CHS - 14
QTR 4 -- LHS - 24, CHS - 15

HALFTIME -- LHS - 26, CHS - 26
AFTER 3 QTRS -- LHS - 42, CHS - 40
FINAL -- LHS - 66, CHS - 55

LUDINGTON Orioles scoring: Riley Calhoun - 5, Brayden Porter - 15, Joshua Laman - 18, Sam Bandstra - 2, Jayden Hathaway - 6, Garrett Meeker - 3, Nathan Lange - 9, Jake Plamondon - 1, Peyton LaCombe - 7.

Cadillac Vikings scoring: Cale Mickelson - 13, Logan Wilde - 2, Tipp Baker - 13, Aidan Raffaele - 16, Evan Barr - 3, Levi Klotz - 8.


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