by Mary Wilson
New and re-elected Stockbridge Village Council members as of the November 2018 election were sworn in prior to the Stockbridge Village Council meeting, Dec. 3. The council is now composed of President Molly Howlett, President Pro Tem Frederick Cattell, Heath Corey (new), Patrick Harden, Richard Mullins, Greg Uihlein (new) and Chadwick Quintanilla (previously appointed and newly elected). All newly elected council members have served before.
During two public comment times, people in an audience of approximately 40 expressed their opinions regarding a proposed ordinance to prohibit marijuana establishments within the Village of Stockbridge. People in favor of the prohibition made cases that the sale, distribution and dispensing of the recreational drug was not a good business for this small town. Those opposed to the ordinance maintained that allowing marijuana-related businesses would bring financial benefit to the community.
Later, during the new business portion of the agenda, the council first read and began discussions on a proposed ordinance to prohibit Marihuana Establishment within the Village of Stockbridge. No vote was taken.
In November, Michigan voters approved a ballot proposal to legalize the sale of recreational marihuana (the state’s spelling) in the state. Now, municipalities and townships throughout the state are scrambling to enact zoning ordinances to accommodate the new law when it goes into effect at an as-yet-undetermined date in 2019.