Voters in Clawson and Rockwood have rejected proposed ordinances that would have allowed recreational cannabis retailers to set up shop in the two metro Detroit suburbs.
Elections in those communities and others Tuesday night continued a track record of local voters taking a negative view of cannabis businesses close to home even as majorities broadly favor its legalization.
In Clawson, a proposed ordinance that would have allowed recreational cannabis retailers was defeated by city voters Tuesday, with 60.4 percent voting no on Proposal 1, according to unofficial election results.
A second and more expansive marijuana ballot proposal in Clawson would have allowed four recreational marijuana retailers, three growers, one processor, one licensed cannabis transport company and a marijuana testing compliance facility within Clawson’s borders.
Clawson voters rejected Proposal 2, with 61.1 percent voting no.
In Rockwood, voters in the Downriver community rejected a proposed amendment to the city charter that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to operate and establish a city department to license and regulate medicinal marijuana sales.
The ordinance failed 58.2 percent (no) to 41.8 percent of voters who voted yes, according to unofficial results from the Wayne County clerk’s office.
Rockwood and Clawson’s municipal elections were two of a handful of cities across Michigan that had marijuana business-related proposals on local ballots Tuesday.
Voters in Lapeer were to decide whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses and sales and only allow cannabis to be sold by licensed medicinal provisioning centers. The city’s ordinance currently allows six recreational retailers, as well as unlimited growers and processors.
In Perry in Shiawassee County, voters were to decide whether to allow medical marijuana businesses and if the city should establish a new department to regulate them.
In Potterville southwest of Lansing, voters opted to keep a ban in place on cannabis sales in the Eaton County city of 2,700 residents.
Potterville’s voters rejected an ordinance that would have repealed an earlier ordinance prohibiting regulated retail cannabis sales in the city.
The Potterville ordinance failed with 55.7 percent voting no and 44.3 percent of voters in favor of the ballot proposal, according to unofficial results from the Eaton County clerk’s office.
Check back later for an update on results from Lapeer and Perry.