By Corey [email protected]
HILLSDALE — The Hillsdale City Council will host the general public for a public hearing on the new medical marijuana initiatives at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.
The hearing date was set on Aug. 21 during the last regular business meeting of the council, who held slight discussion on the topic under old business after councilmen and city staff had an opportunity to receive training on the new laws the week prior put on by the Michigan State University Extension at the Hillsdale Community Library.
Councilman Pat Flannery asked for the topic to be placed on the Aug. 21 agenda for discussion only, noting that six councilmen were able to attend the training and he wished to discuss the topic while it was “fresh in everyone’s mind.”
Althouh Flannery agreed that there is money to be made by municipalities who choose to allow the new initiatives to take root within the confides of their municipalities, the pro-rated percentage that municipalities would receive may be as little as $5,300 annually, Flannery opined.
Flannery also saw other issues with the way the law was written in that “it doesn’t appear to be the tightest law.”
“I have a real issue as a leader of this city to violate a federal law that exists today,” Flannery said Aug. 21. “We’re here to enforce, to make rules.”
Other councilmen agreed with Flannery, despite several members of the community making public comment in favor of medical marijuana at the Aug. 21 meeting.
City Manager David Mackie indicated during that meeting that city staff has been preparing for either option — whether the council approves or disapproves the initiatives in Hillsdale — and that city staff has drafter a “model ordinance” for consideration.
Members of the community who wish to speak on the