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City sets new hearing on cannabis ordinance

- By Sue Field

Mt. Pleasant residents will again get a chance to comment on proposed changes to the city’s recreation­al marijuana ordinance at a public hearing next week.

City commission­ers set the hearings for Monday at 7 p.m. at the regularly scheduled meeting, following another discussion last month to determine whether to remove the number of retail licenses for adult use cannabis within the city.

Commission­ers tabled action on the proposal at the last regular meeting after hearing from several residents, most of whom support the change, including the owners of Consano, a medical marijuana business near downtown Mt. Pleasant, who have been imploring commission­ers for a recreation­al license since the city granted three licenses to two dispensari­es — Jars and Lume.

Caleb Cary, who owns Consano with his mother, Deborah Cary, again told commission­ers his business will close without a recreation­al license.

A group of people for political reasons wants Jars and Lume to have a monopoly on the retail recreation­al cannabis market, the medical marijuana market is on the decline and there are roughly 400 medical marijuana cardholder­s in Isabella County, Cary said.

Mt. Pleasant resident Bob Busch, husband of Commission­er Liz Busch, said it’s time for city officials to embrace the “new world,” be bold, and to ignore scare tactics.

Mt. Pleasant is geographic­ally ideal for not only retail recreation­al marijuana businesses but also other aspects of the industry, Busch said.

“I’m a geographer and obviously centrally located is the name of the game,” Busch said, noting that amending the ordinance will get the issue off the agenda.

Busch told commission­ers to let the market decide and to seize the future.

Tabling the proposal last month gave city staff time to bring other options in amending the numerical limit on recreation­al marijuana retail licenses.

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