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Brighton sets special meeting to discuss marijuana status

The City of Brighton has set a date for a special meeting to consider the potential for allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

Currently such businesses are not allowed in Brighton, which has opted out under the terms of Michigan’s recreational marijuana law. However, city officials have been discussing future possibilities.

According to an email sent out Monday, that there will be a Special Meeting of the Brighton City Council on Wednesday. May 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at Brighton Community Center, 555 Brighton Street, Brighton, Michigan 48116.

The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the City’s current marijuana opt out status (Chapter 22, Article XI Ordinance #583 Prohibition of Marijuana Establishments), as well as possible staff direction regarding further study and/or the development of necessary ordinances to allow for marijuana establishments, or whether or not to affirm the city’s current opt out status.

The conversation about Brighton’s status on the issue has taken on new urgency in light of the 2020 voter-approved ballot initiative in Pinckney, which had also opted out, but then was forced to integrate the businesses in without having complete control over the ordinance language.

Last week, Jerry Millen of Hartland Township, who co-owns the Greenhouse of Walled Lake, said he had sold the former Rolison PRO Hardware building to a Brighton couple, Michael and Whitney McCowan, who reportedly plan to renovate it and use it for a variety of purposes.

Millen said he sold the store partly because he wanted to put to bed any and all rumors that he planned to locate a marijuana store in the downtown area. However, he does still want to find a location in Brighton at some point in the future, just not downtown.

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