Cedar Springs bans recreational marijuana sales following passage of Proposal 1

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. -- Cedar Springs has banned recreational marijuana sales with a new city ordinance.

However, officials say the move doesn't mean they are against marijuana in the city.  Possession will be legal statewide after Proposal 1 goes into effect, regardless of city laws regarding sales.

“It’s simply not true that the city is anti-marijuana in any way,” said City Manager Mike Womack.

Womack tells FOX 17 the city plans to temporarily ban sales with the new ordinance, and reconsider that plan once state regulations for recreational marijuana sales are established. Womack says they don't want to attempt to regulate sales ahead of potential state-level requirements, which aren't expected for a couple more years.

Womack says this is Cedar Springs' attempt to learn from Michigan's past, especially considering the numerous medical marijuana sales issues that arose a few years ago.

“We want to do so within a framework that we think is going to fair to everybody, and will meet with what the state regulations will be at this point. We just don’t know what that’s going to be like,” Womack said.

Womack says they also want to allow input from the community, and banning the sale of marijuana for the time being allows the city to better plan how to go about that.

That was surprising to some people in the audience at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

“I was told they were actually going to ban this,” Christina Allison said.

When Christina Allison found out they were banning the sale of marijuana specifically, and planning to get community input before making it legal, she was relieved.

“They were gonna listen to their people. They just wanted to wait, and listen to their people, so they can write a proper ordinance,” Allison said.

Womack saying they plan to revisit the ordinance one there are state level regulations.

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  • LoveTheUSA

    I voted no on this, but I accept that the people of Michigan want this, votes for this, and it seems this Womack does not understand this. Circumventing the will of the people will cause him way more problems than the legalization of selling marijuana in his town, because he probably think that stuff doesn’t happen in Cedar Springs, I think pot was invented there…just saying.

  • Shabadoo Simmons

    per the law they won’t be able to share in any of the tax revenue. shortsighted choice on their part- glad i don’t live there.

  • Pamela Medford Conley

    I am the Mayor Pro-tem for the City of Cedar Springs and there seems to be some confusion about the position of the City regarding this if the headline and the comments an indicator – I will try to clarify. We at the City have voted to opt out of having commercial Marijuana within the City limits until such time the State of MI clarifies and codifies the laws,regulations, and licencing for such businesses. When the State does that, which we are told they will, the City will adopt ordinances to comply. This in no way restricts, nor is it an attempt to restrict, the use of marijuana per the State Law for private citizens either medically or for recreational use. Our City is small geographically with a large number of mixed use zones. We are trying to protect residence from commercial entities next door that might to use a zoning phrase “Restrict the use and enjoyment of their personal property”. We are in no way making a political or moral statement about the passage of Prop 1.Thus far every constituent I have spoke with tells me the are pleased we are seeking state guidelines and licensing recommendations before enacting ordinances.

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