ROCHESTER, Mich. (WXYZ) — Two proposals on the ballot Nov. 7 would allow for marijuana dispensaries in the city of Rochester, but it’s not happening without a fight.
When marijuana was first legalized in Michigan, Rochester was one of many cities to opt out, but a new group gathered petitions to put the issue on the Rochester ballot.
If you drive down Main Street, it’s hard to not know about Tuesday’s election. Countless signs are urging voters to vote no on the proposals to bring up to three marijuana dispensaries to the city.
The proposals were drafted by the Open Stores in Rochester Committee based out of Ingham County, which collected hundreds of signatures to get the issue on the ballot. Some of their signs posted in town focus on the tax benefits to the city.
However Kim Russell, a business owner and Rochester resident, is pushing back. She says the tax revenues created would amount to 1% of the city’s budget. She recently launched the “No Pot on Main Street” Committee.
“It just really isn’t appropriate for our size and what we really have as a culture in downtown Rochester,” Russell said of dispensaries.
Russell has concerns about traffic and says the proposals were