Royal Oak Tribune

Medical, recreation­al marijuana proposals pass

- By Natalie Broda nbroda@medianewsg­roup.com @NatalieBro­da on Twitter

A ballot proposal to allow medical and recreation­al marijuana shops to open in the Village of Lake Orion has passed.

A total of 1,719 votes were cast at the village’s only precinct at the Blanche Sims Elementary School. The proposal passed with 1,122 votes in favor, 65% of the vote, and 597 against. The majority of voters, 956, chose to use absentee ballots. A total of 763 people showed up on election day.

Two marijuana provisioni­ng centers will be able to open in the village under the petition led proposal. Both will be allowed to sell medical and recreation­al marijuana, but only one would be allowed to sell only medical marijuana.

A property analysis contracted by the village found there’s about 10 sites that could house marijuana provisioni­ng centers under state and local zoning restrictio­ns for schools, churches and neighborho­ods.

The village originally opted out of allowing medical marijuana facilities within its borders following Michigan’s legalizati­on of medical marijuana in 2008. A medical marijuana caregiver ordinance was passed in 2016.

 ?? NATALIE BRODA — MEDIANEWS GROUP ?? Voters cast their ballots at the Blanche Sims Elementary School in the Village of Lake Orion.
NATALIE BRODA — MEDIANEWS GROUP Voters cast their ballots at the Blanche Sims Elementary School in the Village of Lake Orion.

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