Brighton Council Retreat Focuses On Marijuana Dispensary Issue – WHMI

October 4, 2021 <!– –> <!– –>

By Tom Tolen /

Almost everyone out of the nearly 30 people who spoke at a packed special meeting of the Brighton City Council Saturday was opposed to the idea of a marijuana dispensary — especially on the city’s Main Street.

Those who spoke said that the downtown is meant to be a gathering place for families — especially for children — and a marijuana dispensary is not in keeping with the “family-friendly” character the city and its residents hope to maintain. The shortage of parking spaces and traffic (including pedestrian) were also concerns expressed by the public at the forum, held at the Brighton Community Center.

Toward the end of the “retreat”, as it was called, Council voted 6-1 to send the feasibility of allowing a marijuana dispensary to the Planning Commission for review and a recommendation within 60 days. However, according to the language in the motion introduced by Council Member Jim Bohn, a dispensary would not be allowed on Main Street, nor anywhere else downtown. Mayor Pro Tem Susan Gardner voted no on the resolution, saying she is opposed to a marijuana

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