Marijuana stores for Brighton voters is on November Ballot

The City Council Monday voted 6-1 to place a recreational marijuana ballot proposal on the November ballot, following a Livingston County judge’s order requiring them to do so.

Voters who live in the city will decide at the polls on Nov. 8 whether to allow at least two marijuana stores and repeal the city’s ban on marijuana businesses, after hundreds of residents signed petitions.

A group with ties to the marijuana industry, Say Yes to Brighton Committee, prompted the ballot initiative. They collected 746 signatures, surpassing the 204 required valid signatures, from residents to get the issue on the ballot.

The Say Yes then sued the city, its elections department and city Clerk Tara Brown after Brown rejected signed petitions submitted by the committee earlier this month on a technicality related to how the petitions were formatted, according to court documents.

After Livingston County Chief Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty issued an order last week, the Council voted to approve ballot language. Mayor Kristoffer Tobbe was the only council member to vote against approving the ballot language.

While Brighton officials have previously considered “opting in” to the marijuana business by creating a city ordinance to regulate them, they recently reaffirmed the city’s ban. Officials also had discussed whether the city should get ahead of special interest groups that could petition to place the question on the ballot and force their hand, but they decided to keep the city opted out. A council motion Thursday to appeal Hatty’s ruling failed in a 4-3 vote after council members went into a closed session to discuss it.


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