Negaunee fails to opt-out of Michigan recreational marijuana law

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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Negaunee City Council Thursday night did not pass a proposed ordinance to ban recreational marijuana establishments.

That's unlike most other Upper Michigan municipalities which have passed ordinances to opt-out of allowing recreational marijuana sales for now.

During Thursday's regular meeting of the city council, after some discussion, a vote was taken to opt-out. However, that vote ended in a 3-3 tie. Council Member Paul Maino was absent from the meeting.

As the vote was for a resolution, a majority must prevail so the motion failed. The issue is still before the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

"We'll have to see where this leaves us and come back to the council and give them an update and figure out what direction they want to go in," said Negaunee City Manager, Nate Heffron. "Overall I do feel that the state will come up with some type of process by the time we come up with our ordinance if we get one at all."

The deadline for municipalities to opt-out is December 7. That's the same for the state to come up with regulations and guidelines regarding recreational marijuana businesses.