Constantine Village Council reviewed a draft of an adult-use marijuana ordinance at its meeting Monday.
A date for a public hearing for the ordinance was set for 7:10 p.m. March 30.
A public hearing for the budget was also set for the same date, at 7:05 p.m. March 30. Prior to the budget workshop public hearing, a workshop will be held at 9 a.m. March 28.
Several council members said they hope to pattern the recreational marijuana ordinance after the medical marijuana ordinance adopted on Jan. 15, 2018. Eleven licenses for medical marijuana were approved. Each licensee pays an annual $5,000 fee.
Village manager Mark Honeysett said currently seven are active: three provisioning centers, three growing operations and one processing center.
He and several other trustees expressed a preference that the option to sell adult-use marijuana be given to the seven holders of active medical marijuana licenses first.
“People with medical marijuana permits have a lot of money invested already,” Honeysett said. “I hate to see them punished by now allowing them recreational. If they don’t have recreational, they’re probably not going to survive.”
Several trustees said the village should allow as many people who wish to apply for adult-use marijuana licenses.