Clinton Township joins growing list of communities opting out of marijuana sales

By Ken Haddad, Nick Monacelli - Reporter
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Clinton Township has joined the long list of Michigan communities who are saying no to marijuana sales - for now.

Michigan voters approved a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in the state back in November.

Despite the passage, several Michigan communities have decided to opt out of legal marijuana sales. Cities have the choice to temporarily opt out of recreational marijuana sales.

This week, Clinton Township decided not to pursue an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana sales, according to Local 4's Nick Monacelli. They already opted out of recreational marijuana in April.

City leaders have cited many reasons for deciding to opt out. Most of them say it's a bad message for youth or something related to school safety.

Related: Growing marijuana in Michigan: Here's what to know about the law

Some have opted out because of concern for regulations and how things will eventually be handled, with the option to opt back in after things are sorted out.

Recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan on Dec. 6, but sales have not yet started and aren't likely to start until late this year at the earliest. 

Related: Former Detroit TV anchor opens medical marijuana shop in Corktown

Municipalities that do decide to opt out are encouraged to notify LARA, but are not required to do so. Cities like Troy, Pontiac and Birmingham have opted out but are not on the list. 

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