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City commission rejects medical marijuana ordinances

Three Rivers City Commission members have rejected a pair of ordinances related to medical marijuana facilities. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioner Janell Hart were outvoted by Carolyn McNary, Daryl Griffith, Alison Haigh, Norm Stutesman and Pat Dane on the two ordinances. The proposed ordinances centered on zoning and the operation of medical marijuana facilities within the city …

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Medical marijuana – TR discussion continues

Three Rivers municipal officials later this month are expected to vote on ordinances related to medical marijuana facilities. The impending action comes after Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners conducted a pair of public hearings Tuesday. The proposed ordinances center on the operation and zoning of the facilities within the city limits. The issue drew considerable discussion and a number of …

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Medical marijuana approvals in Constantine

Applications for seven additional medical marijuana facilities were approved Monday by the Constantine Village Council. Permits were approved for: JTD Distribution, a grow facility on Industrial Drive; MBWII, a provisioning center at 135 S. Washington St.; Constantine Products, a grow-and-processing facility at 675 Centreville Road; Constantine Products, a provisioning center at 160 N. Washington St.; and Pure Provisioning, a grow …

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City to remove park fountain decried by some as racist

Officials in Kalamazoo have decided to remove a park fountain featuring a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the Kalamazoo City Commission voted 5 to 1 early Tuesday following a meeting that began Monday night on the future of the Fountain of the Pioneers in Bronson Park. A plan …

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Update from Constantine Village Council

Members of the Constantine Village Council have OK’d applications for five commercial medical-marijuana facilities. Approved earlier this month, the medical-marijuana ordinance states the village may assess an annual fee of no more than $5,000 to help defray administrative and enforcement expenses associated with the operation of the facilities. Applications have been accepted for Herbal Advantage Provisioning to establish a provisioning …

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Centreville Village Council update

The Centreville Village Council last week voted to wait a month before appointing a new member. A board seat has been left vacant with the resignation of Ken Griffith. Three candidates submitted a resident-interest form. They are Brandy Eckert, Harlie Sherman and Thomas Hagerman. Council member Jeff Johnson said all candidates have strong credentials but he moved to  appoint Hagerman. …

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Water rate increase in Centreville

Members of the Centreville Village Council voted recently to raise monthly water rates. A fixed-fee increase of $3.18 plus another $1.55 per 1,000 gallons used. Those figures will increase annually, based on cost of living. A rate comparison done for council members showed their bills increasing between $5 and $10 per month under the new plan. The increase was based on …

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Sturgis – Medical marijuana ordinance

Sturgis city staff brought a draft medical marijuana ordinance to last week’s city commission meeting for discussion and questions. The ordinance and zoning amendments will go to the planning commission for a public hearing and recommendation to the city commission Jan. 16. The ordinance would allow all five types of facilities – growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers and safety-compliance facilities – …

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Constantine – Medical marijuana ordinance reviewed

Members of the Constantine Village Council this week reviewed the most recent draft of an ordinance allowing medical marijuana facilities to operate in the village. The council set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, when council members will consider a resolution to permit medical marijuana facilities. Michigan’s new medical marijuana licensing system begins Dec. 15. The state will accept licensing …

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Tuesday election results

A ballot featuring four unchallenged incumbents was the only matter before Three Rivers voters Tuesday. Mayor Tom Lowry, and commissioners Janell Hart, Pat Dane and Norm Stutesman all will return to serve two-year terms. Final vote totals were: Lowry, 199; Dane, 207; Stutesman, 223; Hart, 218. The 61-year-old Lowry, owner of Lowry’s Books and More, has served as mayor 18 …

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