Bay City Mayor Vetoes Marijuana Ordinance


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Bay City is back on hold after the mayor vetoed the ordinance allowing for medical marijuana facilities to apply for licensing within the city.

Earlier this week, Bay City became the latest city to opt in for medical marijuana. The ordinance passed with an overwhelming majority, the commissioner votes tallying up at 7-1. This would allow business owners to finally apply for licenses at the city level, and then apply for state licenses in order to operate legally under the new MMFLA legislation. Many of these businesses have been working for the last two years in order to be prepared for this new legislation, and the city passing the ordinance was one of the final steps to that license.

Until Thursday that is. Late Thursday afternoon, the Bay City Mayor Kathleen Newsham vetoed the ordinance, placing that progress on hold. She cited several reasons, including a desire to decrease in the initial number of licenses that would be issued, and add a 500 ft buffer around law enforcement centers.

The City Commission is able to override her veto with two-thirds vote, which will take place on Tuesday, January 2 at 7:30, at City Hall, 301 Washington Ave.

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