Points North, Ep. 8: 'Pot village'
This week on Points North, local governments across Michigan aren't letting recreational marijuana businesses open in city limits. But residents in one village Up North are trying to overrule their local government's decision – something that could set a precedent statewide. Plus, a look at one northern Michigan tribe’s maple sugaring operation.
'Unprecedented' small-town fight over legal weed
It’s legal to have marijuana in Michigan if you’re over the age of 21, but it’s up to individual cities to let marijuana businesses operate. Vanderbilt, a small community north of Gaylord, is in the middle of a legal and political debate over those businesses, and the village could set a precedent for the rest of the state.
Grand Traverse tribe amps up their community sugarbush
The tradition of boiling maple sap to make syrup is practiced in Michigan on many scales. But Indigenous communities were tapping trees for centuries before settlers arrived. Now the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is reviving sugaring knowledge for their citizens.
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