Ludington Committee Discusses Marijuana Dispensaries in City Limits

It still could be some time before the city of Ludington decides how it will handle recreational marijuana. At the Public Safety and Public utilities meeting yesterday afternoon, the committee discussed what proposal 1 means and doesn’t mean as far as how the city can react. The proposal allows municipalities the option of enacting ordinances to prohibit or limit establishments and also determine hours of operation and signage guidelines within their jurisdictions. It is not an all or nothing decision.

There were cases made both ways for allowing and not allowing any establishments in the city limits but for the most part, the committee is just collecting facts to keep discussions moving forward. Chief of Police Mark Barnett urged decision makers to not make a decision based on the income it could provide because there would be other costs involved in policing it as well as social costs. Mayor Elect Steve Miller cited the strong voting numbers in favor of proposal 1 and recommended to councilors in attendance to talk to their constituents and see what they want.

The committee spent a little over 30 minutes on the topic before they moved on to other items on the agenda.

What Happens Next In The 5th Ward Election Re-count

Last Friday, MOM news was the first to tell you that Wally Cain had filed for a recount in the 5th ward of Ludington. He’s challenging Angela Serna’s 4 vote win for the seat on the Ludington city council.  Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly says the recount cannot take place before November 26th.  That’s because the state canvassing board must first meet and certify the results from the November 6th election for the entire State. Clerk Kelly estimates the local cost, she hopes, to not be more than $1000.  This cost would include the wages for the four-members of the County canvassing board; in addition to the costs of the election inspectors—one from each political party—who will be there to perform the duties of the recount. The final results of the 5th ward Election will not likely be decided until well into December after the recount has been performed.

Wally Cain Has Filed For a Re-count in 5th Ward Councilor Election

Wally Cain has filed for a recount in the 5th ward councilor election. As you may recall, Mr. Cain only lost by 4 votes to Angela Serna. He asked Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly for the paperwork and he was requested to give identification and write a letter designating his intent for a recount.

We talked to Mr. Cain at the courthouse and he asserted that he has no ill-will against Angela Serna and his re-count request was only because of such a close vote. He also told us that the encouragement of family, friends and constituents are the reason he requested the re-count.

WMOM contacted Angela Serna and she said “Well, I think it's great that he's exercising his right to do that. I'll welcome and accept whatever outcome it may be. Per the Michigan Election Law he has every right to do that."

Pending Marijuana Possession Cases Will Be Re-Evaluated

As the dust settles after the approval of Proposal 1.. pending marijuana possession cases will be re-evaluated. According to the Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spagnolia, the approximately 15 pending marijuana possession cases currently in Mason county have been pulled. Each case will be reviewed individually on its own merits in order to determine how that particular case will proceed from here.

"Certainly some will be dismissed but others will not," according to the prosecutor. He says that "Certainly the passage of proposal one has given the residents of Michigan legal access to a powerful drug and that he does not believe the availability of recreational marijuana will make Michigan a better place."

Until the review of current pending cases is undertaken, there are no more details on what will happen with these cases at this time.

Ludington’s Winter On-Street Parking Ban Begins Today

The City of Ludington’s winter on-street parking ban begins today. Drivers will be prohibited from parking on the streets in city limits between 3 and 7 AM. That ban lasts until May 1st and allows there to be room for snow plowing.

Vehicles in violation of the ordinance will face a 30 dollar fine. When there is snow, local officers will be out enforcing the ban.Even if there isn’t snow, drivers should still obey the ordinance just in case snow falls overnight.

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