Recreational marijuana business still banned in Vanderbilt

Aug 6, 2019

Voters in Vanderbilt knocked down Proposal 1, which would have allowed marijuana businesses to operate in village limits.
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

Recreational marijuana businesses are still banned in the village of Vanderbilt. A measure to reverse that ban failed by a vote of 72 to 84 Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan in November, but it’s up to individual cities and towns to let marijuana businesses operate in city limits.

The Vanderbilt Village Council initially banned them in March, but local activists got a measure that would have reversed that ban on the Aug. 6 ballot. It would have allowed up to 22 licensed establishments to operate within village limits.

Ryan Cottrell led the push to get the measure passed but says they may try to put it to another vote in the future.

“We might look at it again and see what our options are,” Cottrell says. “I think recreational marijuana scares some people.”

Vanderbilt was one of three communities in Michigan that voted on marijuana businesses Tuesday.