CAPAC — It appears the fate of medical marijuana facilities will be determined by village residents later this year. The village council, at a special Thursday meeting, directed their attorney to draw up ballot language that could go before voters at the August primary election.
Members made that decision after a large crowd filled the historical society where nearly all voiced their opposition to a 640,000 square foot growing facility as proposed by King Midas. Many urged the council to let residents have the final say, referencing recent developments in the village of Almont where the results of a community survey showed most respondents were opposed to medical marijuana facilities and, as a result, the Almont Council voted on April 3 to rescind its earlier decision to "opt-in" to the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA).
Capac's attorney Al Francis will bring the proposed ballot language to the council's next regular meeting this Monday, April 16, at the American Legion Hall, starting at 7 p.m. Wording to appear on the regularly scheduled August primary ballot is due to the clerk's office by May 15.
On the advice of Francis, Capac leaders have not yet voted to opt in or out of the MMFLA. Before them is an ordinance drafted by Spicer and their planning commission that would allow for commercial grow and processing facilities as a special land use. Mary Klug, one of the council members who requested the special meeting said they had wanted to discuss the "holes" in the ordinance that were flagged by Francis after he reviewed the document and had no intentions of voting Thursday night on the ordinance.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.