City council allowing medical marijuana business to buy land near Newaygo school

NEWAYGO, Mich. -- A controversial vote at Monday's Newaygo City Council meeting is allowing a medical marijuana manufacturer to buy city land near a school.

A handful of people showed up at Monday's meeting to express disappointment of the possibility of Wring Biopharma setting up in town.  Some don't like it near the high school, and some are concerned it will cause a smell.

The council voted 4-2 to approve a purchasing agreement that allows a large-scale medical marijuana business to buy land that belongs to the city.  To build a facility in the industrial park, it would be $125,000 for the land alone.

"I don't want it anywhere near my home," said Newaygo resident Julie Beemer. "I feel it has no place near a high school. No place where our cross [country] kids run."

Mayor Ed Fedell says it's the only way the city can reduce property taxes for every property owner and the only way to reduce water and sewer rates.

"We did it for the money, but that money is the taxpayer's money by getting additional revenue," Fedell said, "the same as any other business."

Fedell says Wring Biopharma projects it will invest $3 million in the area. He adds that people had an opportunity to express their opinions earlier in the year at several other meetings.  He says there are other hoops for the company to jump through before anything is final.

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13 comments

  • Matt

    Why would you put that crap near a SCHOOL?. Thats the most stupidest thing ever. Have they even consider how much crime is going to take place. Why cant they place it at the Local Police Department?. But instead put next to a school. Someone should lose there job for even thinking that

  • Pat Ottinger

    Save this.. Property taxes go down! Joke!! Try said the same thing when the water Bill went up for the city many years ago.. Hasn’t gone down one cent. Stop lying!!

  • J.B.

    “Drug Free School Zone” doesn’t apply when the state and local municipality’s are the drug dealers.
    Drugs are bad…unless it comes from us!
    Then they are a great business and make us alot of money!
    Anyone else notice the blatant hypocrisy?

    • Michael

      I notice the blatant hypocrisy when it comes to these posts.

      Every time an article gets posted about police busting someone for marijuana the forum goes nuts calling it a “waste of time”, or “just a plant that never hurt anything” etc.

      Now that it’s coming to your neighborhood on a large scale everyone is up in arms saying not here. Well you can’t have it both ways. This is what you guys voted for when you made it legal.

      • J.B.

        “I notice the blatant hypocrisy when it comes to these posts.”
        “This is what you guys voted for when you made it legal.”
        Now you can add “ignorance” to the things you should notice, in particularly your own.
        As am not one of the “you guys” who voted to make it legal.
        I also am not one of the “you guys” who spent the last 80+ years telling the public what an evil drug it was,
        But now that money and personal gain are involved suddenly decide..Hey this is a great thing for our community!
        Anything else constructive you would like to add here?
        Or are you just fine being a comment troll with the usual drive by yak and chatter?

        • Michael

          Reading comprehension isn’t your thing is it? The first sentence responds to you. Notice the paragraph break? That means on to the next idea. The rest is a general statement directed at the voters who voted yes. If that wasn’t you then the statement doesn’t apply to you.

          Nothing like being “that guy” who thinks everything is about them.