Sturgis City Commission on Wednesday decided to set a work session regarding medical marijuana.
By Elena Meadows | Journal Correspondent
Sturgis city commissioners on Wednesday decided to set a work session regarding medical marijuana. At the session, planned for 5:30 p.m. March 7 at Sturgis city hall, they will be open to community comment and will involve discussion of ways to bring the commission closer together on a solution.
A motion at the previous meeting to consider the first reading of an amendment to the city code pertaining to medical marijuana manufacturing and distribution was defeated 4-3, with two commissioners absent.
Concerns expressed by those voting no on the ordinance
included a desire to increase buffer zone distances and
put a cap on the number of licenses.
At Wednesday’s meeting, commissioner Jeff Mullins suggested bringing medical marijuana zoning back for a first reading and to schedule a work session to discuss the topic. He made the suggestion “in an attempt to be compassionate to our citizens relying on medical marijuana and give them a better product.”
Vice mayor Jon Good encouraged commissioners to consider a statement made by attorney Michael Caywood during the public comment portion of Wednesday’s meeting, that Sturgis already has medical marijuana available in the city, but it is being provided by caregivers, manufacturers and distributors that are not licensed or regulated by the state of Michigan and will not be if the city does not adopt an ordinance.