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Pontiac -- Pontiac residents considered three options for the future of medical marijuana facilities in the city and narrowly chose Tuesday to allow the maximum number of dispensaries and growers.

Proposal One, put on the ballot through referendum by an East Lansing-based group, Jobs for Pontiac, will permit 20 provisioning centers – more commonly known as dispensaries – for medical marijuana and an unlimited number of growers, processors, security transporters and safety compliance facilities, providing they meet all requirements of state law and city ordinances.

"The voters have spoken," said Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman. "They were given choices and while the vote was close, a majority preferred that option. Now the work will be to decide how to implement it and we will probably take a close look at how other cities have handled the issue."

The proposal garnered 3,900 yes votes - 50.06 percent of the total cast -- compared with 3,891 no votes, or 49.94 percent.

Two other choices were authored by the city council. Proposal Two would have permitted only four provisioning centers and two growers, processors, security transporters and safety compliance facilities. Under Proposal Three, voters would have opted out of having any medical marijuana facilities.

With 21 of 21 precincts reporting, Proposal Two had 50.33 percent voting yes, 3,610 votes, compared to 49.67 percent rejecting the measure., or 3,562. But it lost because there were 290 more yes votes for Proposal One

 Proposal Three was narrowly rejected, with 50.21 percent voting no (3,495 votes) to 49.79 percent voting yes (3,525 votes).

Oakland County voters also faced a variety of issues requesting funding for local transit, public safety, recreation and schools.

In Waterford Township, voters approved a 2.95-mill, 12-year special assessment for police and fire services, while in White Lake Township, residents passed a 4.0371-mill renewal for police services, a 1.87-mill tax for fire services and a library millage renewal.

In the Berkley school district, voters passed a 3-mill, 10-year sinking fund and in the Hazel Park school district, voters said yes to an 18-mill, 20-year replacement levy for operations and a 3-mill, 10-year building and site sinking fund.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

 

 

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