The Grand Ledge City Council voted Monday to ban marijuana shops in the city, at least, for the time being.
Council members approved the ordinance in a 6-1 vote. The ordinance also bans the use of marijuana in public places. Violators would face a fine of up to $500.
Council Member Brett Gillespie said while he voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November, he felt it was important to not allow pot shops until after the state department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs comes out with regulations. The council will have the opportunity to revisit the ordinance 180 days after those regulations are announced.
Gillespie said while the ordinance does not prevent people from using marijuana on their own property, where allowed, he added it’s important to approach the issue of marijuana shops carefully.
“Personally, I think it would be somewhat irresponsible for us to allow marijuana businesses without knowing what the new regulations are going to be, the new licensing,” he said. “If you look at medical marijuana, it took them three years to get the licensing process done, with emergency things here and there, and that just complicates the issue.”