Bay City Mayor putting medicinal marijuana on hold in the city for now

Bay City Mayor Kathleen Newsham vetoes recently approved ordinance guiding marijuana sales inside of the city. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WSMH)

The Bay City Commissioners overwhelmingly approved a sweeping set of ordinances to allow business in the medical marijuana industry to open.

Less than 72 hours after the vote, Bay City Mayor Kathleen Newsham has put a pothole in those plans.

The mayor exorcising her veto power because of some concerns she had with the number of licenses the city could allow, and where some of the businesses could be located.

“I’m not against it, it could be a great financial boost to the city.

My problem is I wasn’t happy with changing the distance from the law enforcement center to just fifty-feet.

And I think we need to take a look at how many of these licenses we should really have in the city.

I feel like 25 or 50 is a big number, we should start smaller,” Newsham says.

The commissioners will have a chance to override the mayor’s veto at the next scheduled meeting on January 2, 2018.

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