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Still Talking About Marijuana

"Yes, It's Legal, But..." - Owosso City Council Amends Ordinance

Posted by Owosso Now at 5:56pm 5/7/19

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If you thought the battle for marijuana legalization ended with the statewide approval last year, you're on notice -- we're still talking about it.

On Monday, Owosso City Council amended the city's public nuisance ordinance to define marijuana possession and consumption on private property as legal, just as voters did at the state level last year.  However, the amendment also specifically bars public possession and consumption, and restricts businesses from selling, giving away, displaying or advertising drug paraphernalia, Friends and Community Owosso Publisher, Tom Manke, observed.

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City Manager Nathan Henne clarified in the Facebook thread, saying "I and the rest of staff have our marching orders from council: allow medical marijuana facilities, prohibit marijuana use on our sidewalks and streets and other public places, and let us know when the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs releases their rules for recreational facilities because we are going to want to talk about that too."

The thread prompted another interesting angle on the subject, with the question of use in public space for medicinal purposes.

Nate Beez said "Anyone who voted for this, has voted against people using their medicine in public. So the next vote better be against the use of all prescriptions in public. I want narco, oxy, adderal, anti depressant, and any other kind of pill you can think of to be tested and treated in the same way."

Henne noted that Proposal 1, the voter-approved statewide initiative to legalize marijuana, contained language barring public use of the drug, but suggested Beez' comparison of medical marijuana to other legal medicines was "interesting," and worth a call to his state representative or senator.

The updated ordinance goes into effect May 26th.

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