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TC says no recreational pot businesses for now


Traverse City won't allow recreational marijuana businesses in city limits.

The state hasn't finalized the licensing regulations for recreational marijuana businesses yet.

City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht says that's why Traverse City opted out. 

"We really just want to have the opportunity to take a look at what those rules are going to be before we try to forumulate local regulations that could potentially conflict with those rules," Trible-Laucht says.

The city commission approved the ban on Monday, but Trible-Laucht says it will likely be revoked within a year.

Marijuana is still legal to use on private property if you're over the age of 21. Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed within city limits.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.