Allegan city leaders plan to ban and study recreational marijuana sales

    The Allegan City Council is proposing to ban recreational marijuana sales (WWMT/MGN Online).

    Another West Michigan community is taking the first step to ban recreational marijuana businesses from setting up shop, two months after Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed proposal one allowing recreational marijuana in the state.

    Monday, Allegan city council members will have a first reading of their proposal to ban sales of pot for now.

    City Manager, Joel Dye, called the ordinance a wait, study and recommend approach.

    Dye said the city doesn’t want to rush into the decision on marijuana sales, which is why they will opt out for now while they take the chance to study it and learn how sales could affect residents.

    "We're calling it a wait and see approach. So, we're kind of hitting the pause button, studying it and then we'll be coming back later this year to the city council with recommendations on how we should regulate marijuana related businesses,” said Dye.

    He expects the study process to take about six to eight months. The city council will be back with recommendations by the beginning of December.

    Monday’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Griswold Auditorium in Allegan.

    City council members expect to also schedule a public meeting on marijuana sales in Allegan for later this month.

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