Adoption comes after nearly two years of discussion, City will begin taking applications on September 1
COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – The Coldwater City Council formally adopted a pair of Recreational Marijuana Establishment Ordinances on 6-2 votes Monday night.
The action comes after almost two years of discussion. Michigan voters approved the possession and use of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in November of 2018 by a margin of 56 to 44 percent.
The ordinances were given a positive recommendation on June 1 by the Coldwater Planning Commission.
Council members Chad Johnson and Jim Knaack cast negatives votes on both ordinances. Randall Hazelbaker was not present for the vote.
One ordinance would amend the city’s Code of Ordinances which will enable the operation of Adult Use Recreational Marijuana Establishments with special use approval in the C-2 Central Business District, the C-4 General Business District and the D-2 Heavy Industrial District.
The second ordinance repeals the city’s prohibition on marijuana establishments. It would also establish the Municipal Marijuana License which is the first step for those who wish to apply for special use authorization as allowed in the other ordinance. The ordinance would establish the $5,000 fee for the licenses and spells out the penalties for violations.
The ordinances will go into effect in effect in 21 days but license applications won’t be accepted until September 1 so the city staff can have time to finalize the application process.
Jim Measel is a Detroit native and a proud 1975 Redford Thurston High School graduate. He first came to WTVB in 1991 and has nearly 40 years of broadcasting experience in news and sports. Besides covering local high school sports, Jim has also covered Western Michigan University basketball and hockey as well as Hillsdale College football games. Some professional stops include working at radio stations in Indiana, Charlotte and Lansing as well as the Michigan Radio Network. He has also earned Associated Press awards for news coverage and sports play-by-play. Jim’s favorite career highlights include interviewing such figures as Gordie Howe, Sparky Anderson, Tom Izzo, Bo Schembechler, Isiah Thomas, Vice-President Mike Pence, Lee Greenwood and Regis Philbin. When he is not working, Jim enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs and can rest in peace as they won the World Series. He also hopes the Lions will be able to get a chance to win a superbowl.