Business owner still hopes to bring weed, dispensary to Niles Township – South Bend Tribune

NILES — For the past few years, Maggie Patterson has wondered why Niles Charter Township isn’t interested in gaining any of the new jobs and tax dollars that have come to Michigan communities that allow cannabis businesses inside their borders. 

After getting nowhere with township government, she’s now taking matters into her own hands and spearheading an effort to get an initiative before voters on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. But first, she needs to secure the names of 250 registered township voters by Aug. 2. 

And she doesn’t want to take any chances after expending her time, as well as her money, on the effort, even hiring an attorney to provide advice and draft language for a proposed ordinance to put in front of voters.