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Ask City to opt out of marijuana businesses

Under the leadership of Manager Mike Womack, and invaluable input from City Planner Tim Johnson, Cedar Springs has made great progress in becoming business friendly. We’ve seen old restrictive ordinances changed to encourage business and Main Street filled with new restaurants and beautiful shops as a result. The CBDT has been instrumental in building a library, an amphitheater and parks, creating beautiful spaces for people to enjoy. Homes have been renovated, yards cleaned up and new people are excited to move here. 

It’s taken a lot of hard work to make Cedar Springs a family friendly place to live, work and play. Our City Council holds the power to keep it family friendly, a place where people want to raise a family, to retire and to live in peace and safety. That brings us to a decision they will be asked to make in the near future, whether or not to allow recreational marijuana businesses.

Current rules on recreational marijuana are emergency rules; they are in flux. A popular misconception is that millions of dollars would flow into our city; there is no data supporting that. Will enforcement or medical costs increase for taxpayers to bear? Will more easily accessible product have an impact on safety, on noxious odors, on family relationships, on children? How would it impact the character of our community? Plenty of cities are getting on board, will they live to regret it? Let’s move slowly and see how those cities are affected before taking the “everybody is doing it” attitude.

At the November 15 public forum we were given options on what types of businesses, in which zoning districts, and how many types of each business the City should consider allowing.  The option of completely opting out was missing, therefore, it appeared that allowing marijuana businesses in our fair city was a done deal. It is not. The decision to allow or disallow any such facilities lies with the City Council.

Ask the Council to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana facilities in Cedar Springs by e-mailing City Manager Mike Womack at: manager@cityofcedarsprings.org  

The next public forum will be held on December 12 from 5:30 to 7 p,m, at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Kathy A. Bremmer

City of Cedar Springs

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