COLDWATER — After extensive lobbying, debate and shifts in position, the Coldwater City Council Monday night voted 5-4 to ban recreational marijuana sales downtown.
The vote did open up the C-4 zoned area around I-69 and East Chicago to unlimited pot shops with application for special use permits to begin Oct. 15.
Mayor Tom Kramer said “this will put (the issue) to rest. There’s a little bit of sarcasm in that.”
Discussion and a motion began with Councilwoman Emily Rissman who said she had talked to the principal of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School at 79 Harrison St. He was opposed to reducing the distance between sales shops and the school to 500 feet.
On her motion, the council voted 8-1 to increase the distance back to 1,000 feet. This left only South Monroe in the C-2 zoning available for retail marijuana sales.
Councilman Travis Machan suggested “nothing we do is going to make everyone happy. We might as well compromise and make everyone a little bit happy.”