HOLTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A modest town in northern Muskegon County is divided more than irrespective of whether healthcare marijuana facilities need to be permitted.
It is an argument that will be decided at the polls on Tuesday.
On its face, a simple query will be coming ahead of voters in Holton Township — need to healthcare marijuana be permitted in the industrial and agricultural zones?
But as it is with every thing regarding legalized marijuana, there is a lot much more than meets the eye.
The proposal has each supporters and critics.
“Our town does not need to have to see these large amounts of persons coming in and out and these facilities coming in,” mentioned Malinda Reese Pego, a former Republican precinct delegate.
Pego says the approval was completed with out most persons figuring out and she decided to collect signatures to place the zoning regulations on the ballot in the township of two,500.
“Our town is crumbling. We’re never ever going to get this chance once more to have a multi-million-dollar facility come to our town and bring the taxes and licensing costs that come with that,” mentioned Angel Coon, a businesswoman healthcare marijuana patient.
Coon mentioned the township board had to be convinced to enable healthcare marijuana facilities, as several as 20 licenses.
“We really feel the persons need to have to have the suitable to come to this conclusion, to make a decision irrespective of whether we need to have these in our township or not,” Pego mentioned. “The truth is we do not know. There are so several unknowns mainly because it is so new to Michigan.”
Coon says the zoning keeps facilities out of neighborhoods and away from schools.
Even if the zoning regulations are authorized, Coon says the person facilities nevertheless will have to be authorized by the organizing commission, which calls for notice to persons nearby and public hearings.
“There is restrictive zoning that had to be in which I’m OK with. I have youngsters on the college zone, as well,” Coon mentioned. “If you appear via our town when you drive in right here, I imply, storefronts that are abandoned, our roads are deteriorating, not considerably going on right here.”
The zoning would enable for 23 facilities, which consists of expanding, processing and transport. 3 of the licenses would be for dispensaries.
There would be a $five,000 annual charge paid by all the centers in addition to the tax revenues are generated by sales.
“The tax income that is going to come in is going to be so minimal,” Pego mentioned. “We have 22 miles of dirt roads in our township, 1 grading for 1 road is $40,000. That is not an answer to our roads.”
Pego says the applicants so far are from out of town, like Lansing and Chicago.
“We currently have a lot of drug difficulties, I do not assume we need to have to invite much more. We do not have a police force right here,” Pego mentioned, adding that state troopers out of Hart and the Muskegon County Sheriff’s deputies patrol the township.
But Coon points out that marijuana is legal in Michigan and several persons see medical benefits.
“I’m going to Nunica, which is a 30-40 minute drive and spending hundreds of dollars in that township when I could be spending that cash suitable right here in my personal township,” Coon mentioned.
She mentioned getting facilities sitting on M-120 which goes in between Muskegon and Fremont will make them eye-catching cash makers.
24 Hour News eight reached out to Township Supervisor Alan Jager for an interview, but he didn’t respond for a request for comment.
Voters can study the proposal on line.