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Marijuana dispensary ordinance for Escanaba

The previous ordinance was passed in April of 2019 with a sunset, or hold, until September of this year.
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 5:03 PM EDT
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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - City council opened the opt out ordinance concerning marijuana dispensary for discussion.

The council voted to instruct staff to prepare the ordinance extending the deadline for two more years. This will give the council time to see how the dispensaries effect other u-p cities that have opted in on the ordinance.

The council can choose to opt in or to permanently opt out at any point before the two-year deadline. Having a date in place simply puts pressure on not letting the issue slide.

“That’s what an ordinance with a sunset kind of accomplishes. It puts it on hold for just another couple of years to see what happens in other communities that are allowing it, what the effects are, what the social effects are on the community which is the concern,” said Patrick Jordan, City Manager for the City of Escanaba.

The previous ordinance was passed in April of 2019 with a sunset, or hold, until September of this year.

TV6 and FOX UP will continue to keep you up to date as this ordinance moves forward.

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