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Scottville planners recommend marijuana zoning opt-out

February 8, 2019

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville Planning Commission will encourage the City of Scottville to approve a zoning-specific ordinance to opt out of marijuana businesses in the city limits.

The planning commission voted 4-2 to recommend the opt-out measure at its Wednesday meeting at Scottville City Hall, with Rob Alway, Howard VanderLaan, Marcy Spencer, Jerry Cole and Heather DeVries voting in favor of banning marijuana businesses.

Roy Holden, co-owner of Holden’s Home Emporium, was one of the two who voted “no.”

“I have a problem with the idea that we’re turning away many hundreds of people each day coming into this town who might buy something,” Holden told the Daily News. “I had a discussion with (other commissioners) because I did not understand the reasoning why they did not want the traffic in town.”

Holden noted that city officials had consulted with MSU Extension educator Ryan Coffey about the potential economic impact of bringing marijuana businesses to during a May 8, 2018 meeting of the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.