Township voters to decide on retail recreational marijuana salesPosted by On

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan
Staff Writer
Brandon Twp.— On Aug. 2, Ortonville voters narrowly OK’d marijuana sales in the village. Township voters will be asked the same question in November.
Residents in the township will have a proposal for recreational marijuana on the Nov. 8 ballot. The ballot language was approved to go to Oakland County for certification during a special meeting on Monday night by a 4-3 vote from the township board.
The proposed ordinance was filed to the clerk’s office on Aug. 2 with over 700 petition signatures. The petition was circulated by the organization Build a Better Brandon, and needed 378 signatures, which is 5 percent of the votes cast in the township in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
“We have now approved that language to go to the county to be certified,” said Brandon Township Clerk Roselyn Blair.
The proposed ordinance would amend the code of ordinances to allow for one recreational marijuana retailer in Brandon township, and prohibit others. It would also repeal the current ordinance that prohibits recreational marijuana establishments.
The motion by the board was to approve the ballot language, which will then go to the November election to allow residents to decide if they want retail establishments or not. Trustees Bob Marshall and Steve Unruh and supervisor Jayson Rumball voted against the motion to approve the ballot language.
“It’s important to remember we didn’t pass this because we are for or against the proposal,”…

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