Watervliet residents asked to comment on medical marijuana

WATERVLIET — Watervliet has joined the list of Southwest Michigan communities considering an ordinance to regulate marijuana facilities.

Like the other communities, a proposed marijuana business is forcing the matter. 

Commissioner Luke Strunk told city commissioners Tuesday night the Planning Commissions at its next meeting would discuss whether to recommend the City Commission opt in or opt out of the state’s medical marijuana program.

“We’ve got an interested individual that would like to purchase a building on M-140 and put in a shop. We need to make a decision for this gentleman if we’re going to accept that,” he said.  

Strunk asked that as many community members and city commissioners as possible come to the meeting at 7 p.m. April 30 at City Hall to let their opinions be known. 

“I would really like to get some input from the people in this city that are going to be walking downtown,” he said. “I want to know as much as possible so we can make an informed decision for this community.”

The public will get a chance to speak at the April 30 meeting during the regular public comment portion. It is not a public hearing, Strunk said. 

Strunk said at this point the Planning Commission is on the fence about it and just wants to know what everyone else thinks.

Commissioner Deah Muth asked how communities that have opted in are doing.

Strunk said he has a draft ordinance from a community that hasn’t had any problems. 

Commissioner Larry Hehl agreed he would like to see some more research, including looking at statistics in Colorado. 

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