Lapeer voters say yes to keeping recreational marijuana in city

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LAPEER, MI -- Voters here have experienced what it’s like to have recreational marijuana businesses in their city and decided that they want to continue on that path.

A ballot proposal that would have outlawed dispensaries and other recreational marijuana businesses in the city was soundly defeated in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, according to unofficial results from the Lapeer County Clerk’s Office.
Lapeer city commissioners had opted into allowing up to six recreational marijuana dispensaries in Lapeer after Michigan voters approved a 2018 referendum allowing it, but Dan Osentoski, a former city commissioner who died suddenly in September, spearheaded an effort to let voters decide through the ballot question.
A representative of one of the recreational dispensaries in Lapeer told MLive-The Flint Journal last month that he planned to sue the city if it attempted to put him out of business.
The first recreational-use marijuana sales in Michigan occurred in December 2019 and sales have been on a steady climb since that time.
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