Iron Mountain's City Council passes recreational marijuana ordinance

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Iron Mountain’s city council is moving forward with recreational marijuana which will allow establishments in the city.

Iron Mountain community member voiced his opinion on the recreational marijuana ordinance. (WLUC Photo)

A public hearing that ended with a big decision.

"At the end of the day the recreational was adopted,” said Iron Mountain’s City Manager Jordan Stanchina.

The council voted 4 to 2 to pass a recreational marijuana ordinance similar to their medical marijuana one.

This will allow 2 facilities in Iron Mountain, but the council talked about possibly adding more in the future because under state rules, medical marijuana businesses will be the first to qualify for recreational sales.

"Significant discussion on the adoption of that, mostly having to do with extending more licenses with is something that has to do with the medical,” said Stanchina.

At the public hearing, community members voiced their opinions. Some disagreed, while others think this is a step in the right direction including Iron Mountain Resident, Corey Formolo.

"I think it's a big move for the area. I think the economic impact is going to be great. I think the view from the public will be adverse but I think they're going to really pull it together and do a great thing for the Upper Peninsula,” he said.

The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

The next step for the council is drafting up a rubric said Stanchina.

"Under the recreational it's a competitive process so we will have to formulate that rubric to establish that,” he said.

Once the rubric is established the city has have a 45-day window for applications for recreational licenses.

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