The Township Council held off on their original plan of banning cannabis businesses in town until they have more information about the pros and cons.
Voters passed the state referendum, wanting legalized recreational marijuana. State lawmakers then put together what they thought that should look like. Included in that law was that every town had to decide for themselves if businesses were allowed within their borders.
After two meetings where members of the public pleaded with the council to allow cannabis businesses, the council decided to form a committee to get more information about the issue. The ordinance to ban cannabis businesses was ready for vote during the May 11 meeting, but it has been tabled for two meetings, which means it will be on the agenda for the June 8 meeting.
When the Township Council considers an ordinance, they open up the microphone for members of the public to sound off on it first. During the most recent meeting, a few spoke in favor of the ban, and several more spoke against the ban. There was applause and loud comments throughout the public hearing either supporting or criticizing whoever was speaking.