By Shelby Stewart
Ortonville- During the special meeting on Monday night, the village council voted unanimously to keep the current village ordinance that prohibits marijuana dispensaries in the village limits.
“There was a petition request of a different ordinance,” said Tonja Brice village president. “The request is to reevaluate or revise that ordinance.”
The petition in question has gone to many communities, asking for ordinances to be changed to allow marijuana dispensaries. It can be re-petitioned and go on a ballot in a future election if that is what the organizers of the petition want to do.
“Looking at the state law, it says they can petition for the number, but doesn’t say anything else about any other types of regulations or zoning restrictions or anything else that is part of the ordinance they can petition for, just the number of establishments,” said Larry Hayden councilmember.
“If the majority of council is not in favor of the establishments, then I think our only option is to say we’re going to stay with our current ordinance. I don’t see it make sense wasting a lot of our time, doing a lot of research, drafting an ordinance if we’re not going to go through with