The Huntington Woods City Commission decided to refer the conversation of allowing recreational marijuana businesses in town to the Planning Commission for review at its Dec. 18 meeting.

The Huntington Woods City Commission decided to refer the conversation of allowing recreational marijuana businesses in town to the Planning Commission for review at its Dec. 18 meeting.

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Huntington Woods directs Planning Commission to review recreational marijuana businesses

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published December 27, 2018

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods City Commission referred the issue of recreational marijuana businesses to the Planning Commission for review.

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the commission voted 3-1 to let the Planning Commission review and make recommendations to the city on if recreational marijuana businesses should be able to operate in Huntington Woods.

After Proposal 1 passed in November, each city in Michigan must decide whether it wants to allow marijuana operations within its borders. If a city decided that it does not, it must pass an ordinance stating its desire to opt out of participating.

“I think that, by referring it to the Planning Commission, that they are going to take the opportunity to take the time and see what develops, and working with our city attorney before they get to a point where they are going to have an ordinance that would go to a public hearing,” Mayor Bob Paul said.

Commissioner Jules Olsman said he was in favor sending the issue to the Planning Commission.

“I favor doing nothing with regard to the marijuana issue at this time because it’s simply too new, and simply too, it’s not precise enough at this juncture,” he said. “I think the idea of having the Planning Commission consider it is the right way to go here.”

Olsman said that during the review, people with various points of view will have the opportunity to make their voices heard to the city.

“Since we have very little commercial space in our city to deal with to begin with, I don’t see it being much of an issue here,” he said. “For the time being, since there is no hurry and nothing really clear out there, I’d rather that the Planning Commission devote their efforts to it and come to the table with something when they have a product in hand.”

Commissioner Joe Rozell voted against the motion, as he believes Huntington Woods should not allow recreational marijuana businesses. He cited the limited space where these businesses could operate in the city as one of the reasons.

“I’m just not sure that our community, especially the way the law is written, the benefit to our community for having the facility here is written in such a way where it’s negligible,” he said. “It almost makes sense, based on the nature of our community and the limited amount of space, that we would just be best to prohibit the sale, the storefronts, in Huntington Woods. I just think that, to me, we could easily go to another community and purchase it there.”