Royal Oak Tribune
Medical, recreational marijuana proposals pass
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.