Board against legalization of marijuana

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 to approve a resolution that states the board is against the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan.

Commissioner Brad McRoberts pitched the resolution and explained why is he against the legal use of the drug. He said if legalization of marijuana is put on the ballot next year, as expected, it could lead to health and crime issues. McRoberts said there already have been instances where marijuana has been used to make things such as candy that could easily fall into the hands of children.

“They are making candy, such as gummy bears out of it and that’s scary,” he said. “An ear off of one gummy bear is an adult dose of THC. If they were to fall into the hands of kids, it would not be good. I’m really worried about the kids.”

Commissioner Bob Adrian agreed with McRoberts. He said law enforcement already is busy dealing with drug issues and to add unlawful use of marijuana, although it may be legal, is the last thing it needs. Adrian said the issues Colorado has with legalized marijuana also should serve as a warning to Michigan.

“The problems are well documented and the rumor on the street is that legalization will be on a ballot next year,” Adrian said. “With that would come a whole bunch of issues and problems we don’t need.”

There was no other discussion before the vote.

In other business:

∫ the board voted 6-0 to approve the purchase of a new snowblower for the building maintenance department. The cost of the new machine will be $1,779 and will be purchased through The Grinding Shop. Commissioner Cam Habermehl recused himself from the vote, because his brother owns the store.

∫ Equalization Director Ted Somers presented the annual apportionment report to the county. There was a slight increase of about $13,000 in the overall taxable value on property, but the revenue from the bump will be minor, Somers said.

∫ the board voted to reappoint Edna Sorenson to the Department of Human Services board for a three-year term.

∫ the board approved hiring a part-time crime victim advocate for 20 hours a week at the pay rate of $12.89 an hour.

∫ the board entered into a new five-year contract with Synchronization Management, LLC to continue management of Plaza Pool. Commissioners Nick Modrzynski and Bill Peterson were absent from the meeting.

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