Capac holds off on medical marijuana laws — for now

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A medical marijuana plant is seen growing at Tom Owens’ secured growing facility Friday, June 9, 2017 in Maple Valley Township.(Photo: JEFFREY M. SMITH, TIMES HERALD)Buy Photo

Capac officials are taking more time to consider local medical marijuana rules after getting a flood of feedback on the issue this week.

Residents and other officials packed Monday night’s regular village council meeting, looking for answers on medical marijuana and the impact of the proposed cultivation facility that spurred the recent discussion.

But after nearly two hours, council members tabled a final decision on two ordinances — one authorizing and permitting commercial medical marijuana facilities and another that handles zoning — until at least their next regular meeting in two weeks.

“Then we can discuss it,” said village President John Grzyb. “I think we all got a feel of what the community wants.”

Ken Stecker, a representative of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, presented a rundown on medical marijuana laws, and their impact across the country, particularly where recreational marijuana is also legal. 

He said he came to the meeting at the request of St. Clair County’s sheriff and prosecutor. He cautioned council members to think critically about the likelihood of a state recreational marijuana measure on the November’s ballot.

Stecker said he expected ballot signatures collected by advocacy groups will be certified within the next two weeks. 

While the groups needed only 252,000 signatures, Stecker said they collected more than 100,000 extra.

“Your law will take a backseat to that law. That’s so powerful,” he said.

Sheriff Tim Donnellon and Undersheriff Tom Buckley continued to caution against any local medical marijuana facilities, citing violent crimes in the region related to marijuana grow operations

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