Fenton Twp. — In a 5-0 vote, the Fenton Township Board of Trustees prohibited marijuana facilities in the township at the Monday, June 3 meeting.
Supervisor Bonnie Mathis and Trustee Vince Lorraine were absent.
This comes after Michigan voters supported Proposal 1 at the polls in November 2018, which legalized recreational marijuana. Both recreational and medicinal marijuana are allowed in Michigan.
The Michigan’s Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act requires that cities and townships opt out of allowing recreational marijuana facilities if they do not want them in their municipality. This includes any growing, transportation, testing, selling and other establishments mentioned under state law.
The majority of Fenton Township residents voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. In the November 2018 election, 4,536 residents voted “yes” on Proposal 1 compared to the 3,926 who voted “no.”
One Fenton Township resident, Kevin Keils, asked the board, “Why would you not take into consideration the fact that a majority of the people in Fenton Township voted for this to be legal statewide?”
Clerk Robert Krug clarified that people can still use marijuana in the township, if it’s done legally, they just aren’t allowing marijuana businesses in the municipality. They can opt in to the program at any time in the future. Trustee Christine Reid said Keils was the only person who spoke at a public meeting on the issue.
Trustee Mark Goupil said it’s a “new frontier” and he wants to see how other municipalities handle marijuana businesses before they legalize them in the township. Thompson Road is the only area where one of the facilities could go because of the zoning.
“It’s uncharted. We have limited places where it can go,” he said. “If we see in other municipalities that it’s being successful and things are running smoothly, I have no objections to coming back to revisit this. To me, it’s too new.”