City of Niles says “no” to future marijuana businesses

In this Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, photo, a clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit. Michigan and North Dakota, where voters previously authorized medical marijuana, will decide now if the drug should be legal for any adult 21 and older. They would become the 10th and 11th states to legalize so-called recreational marijuana since 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Niles City Council has voted in favor of banning future marijuana establishments in the city, less than a week after voters approved to legalized recreational marijuana in the state.

The 5 – 3 vote is not sitting well with Niles Mayor Nick Shelton, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

During Monday’s meeting, Shelton told the council the ordinance to ban is a slap in the face to people who want to take a chance on the city of Niles for a legal product.

Council members have said they’re waiting for the state to sort out rules and regulations for the sale of marijuana.
In southeastern Michigan, the village of Pinckney adopted an ordinance Monday prohibiting marijuana establishments due in part to the potential strain on community resources such as police and zoning. The village also could change its mind down the road.
Voters last week approved the recreational use of marijuana, a decade after medical marijuana was blessed by voters.
The Associated Press contributed to this story

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