Presque Isle County votes to allow marijuana stores

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ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners today agreed to allow recreational marijuana establishments in the county.

The vote only applies to townships within the county that use the county’s zoning rules, and marijuana businesses could only open in townships that allowed such shops. The county oversees zoning for Bearinger, Belknap, Bismark, Case, Metz, Moltke, North Allis, Ocqueoc, Posen, Pulawski, and Rogers townships.

Rogers City has prohibited pot shops within its boundaries. Onaway has allowed limited types of marijuana businesses.

Still, today’s decision marks the largest region in Northeast Michigan to allow recreational marijuana businesses after voters in November legalized the drug. Several local governments, including Alpena and Alpena Township, have prohibited pot shops — at least for for the time being.

Presque Isle County’s ordinance was amended to allow retail stores and microbusinesses in the county’s neighborhood and general business districts, as well as its agricultural and manufacturing districts.

Recreational marijuana can also be grown, processed, transported, and tested in the county, within the county’s agricultural and manufacturing districts.

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