VANDERBILT — After a lengthy period of public discussion Monday, Vanderbilt officials have still not determined how they will vote on letting medical marijuana facilities within village limits.
About 40 people showed up to discuss the issue at Monday’s village council meeting, which was held on an off week and in the Corwith Township Hall to accommodate the expected turnout.
After nearly three hours of public comment, Councilman Ryan Cottrell motioned that the village opt in, but no other councilmember seconded, meaning the measure will be tabled for a later date.
“It is awesome to see such a great turnout,” Christina Boone, village president, said at the start of the meeting.
The matter in question: Whether the small community of a few hundred will become the only municipality on Otsego County to opt in to the state’s Medical Marijuana Licensing and Facilities Act.
The meeting began with four guest speakers: Bryan Graham, village attorney, Tom Rife of Michigan Marijuana Licensing Experts, Det. Lt. Ken Mills of Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement and Lynda Rutkowski of Catholic Human Services in Gaylord.
Graham offered background on the law itself, and also offered legal perspective on how much money the measure would bring to the village if officials opted in. He said although municipalities can charge up to $5,000 in application fees under the law, those fees can only be used to offset the costs of processing the application, per Michigan Supreme Court order.
“I think you need to look at whether you are opting in or whether you are opting out based on the desires and your policy choice, not based on this as a revenue raiser, because the law will not allow you to use that money