Village OK’s marijuana ordinance – News – Sturgis Journal – Sturgis, MI


The Constantine Village Council added a handful of minor adjustments, then authorized an ordinance prohibiting the use of recreational marijuana Tuesday.

The ordinance was written by Catherine P. Kaufman, of Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber &amp Kaufman P.C. in Portage. The council set a public hearing to achieve public input on the ordinance for 7:01 p.m. Sept.16.

Section IV of the ordinance states: “A violation is a municipal civil infraction, for which fines shall not be much less than $100 nor far more than $500, at the discretion of the court. The sanctions are in addition to the rights of the Village to proceed at law or equity with other suitable and correct treatments. On top of that, the violator shall spend expenses which might incorporate all expenditures, direct and indirect, which the Village incurs in connection with the municipal civil infraction. Every day in the course of which any violation  continues shall be deemed a separate offense.”

A number of trustees had queries on the violation and penalties section.

Village Manager/Police Chief Mark Honeysett mentioned men and women can now legally develop their personal marijuana so the village has to establish they are increasing far far more and intend it for sale, in order to cite them.

“The law makes it possible for you to develop a specific quantity of plants,” he mentioned. “The law says either 12 plants per home, or per individual, based on who you listen to, so it is up in the air. There’s a lot of gray location.” 

The ordinance requires impact 30 days following adoption.

Throughout audience participation, McKenzie Strawser complained that the smell from Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) “permeates the town.”

Honeysett mentioned he told MMPA earlier that the council asked if the Butyric acid smell from milk solids could be container much better.

“I haven’t heard from Dave Davis, the plant manager however, but it is not necessarily MMPA in my opinion. I was just at Ox Paperboard and the smell hit me fairly tough. They have a force most important that goes down Centreville Road. Gary (Mathers) and I spoke to Fleis &amp VandenBrink about the village odors, and they mentioned you often get sewer smells,” Honeysett mentioned.

Strawser asked if the village expects a challenge with sewer smells when it renovates its old sewer plant on the west side of town in the future.

“I hope not. It is situated in a neighborhood, but technologies has enhanced.The method is supposed to be created to discharge fainter and far more infrequent odors,” Honeysett mentioned.

In other organization, Honeysett mentioned notice of a proposed village golf cart ordinance permitting golf carts to travel on the U.S. 131 bridge, was published Aug. 23 and the ordinance will grow to be successful on Sept.12. He mentioned there are presently “around two dozen golf carts in the village.”



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