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Two West Michigan communities vote on recreational marijuana business

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Two communities in West Michigan voted on the recreational marijuana question, South Haven in Van Buren County and Crystal Township in Montcalm County. (WWMT)

A big loser in Michigan's November elections was recreational marijuana.

Across the state, seven communities out of 10 voted to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses.

Two communities in West Michigan voted on the recreational marijuana question Tuesday. South Haven in Van Buren County banned the businesses. Crystal Township in Montcalm County voted against the ban.

South Haven

  • Yes votes — 645 or 55%
  • No votes — 537 or 45%

Crystal Township

  • No votes — 242 or 53%
  • Yes votes — 211 or 47%

Crystal Township Clerk Pat Baker-Marek said the township will be seeking legal council before allowing businesses.

According to David Overholt, because Crystal Township voted against the ban, he will be working to get a ballot proposal before voters in March for the community to opt in for recreational marijuana businesses in Montcalm and Sidney townships.

Overholt said the proposals he is promoting are as follows:

In Montcalm Township the proposal would allow these businesses:

  • One marijuana safety compliance facility
  • One marijuana secure transporter
  • An unlimited number of marijuana micro-businesses up to 150 plants
  • Two marijuana retailers
  • Two marijuana processors
  • Two Class A Marijuana growers up to 100 plants
  • Two Class B Marijuana grower up to 1,000 plants
  • Two Class C Marijuana grower up to 2,000 plants

If passed, Montcalm Township would allow two recreational retail stores.


In Sidney Township the proposal would allow these businesses:

  • An unlimited number of marijuana micro-businesses up to 150 plants
  • Two Class A Marijuana growers up to 100 plants
  • Two Class B Marijuana growers up to 1,000 plants
  • Two Class C Marijuana growers up to 2,000 plants

Overholt said about 58 signatures would be needed for both Montcalm and Sidney townships for the measures to be on the March ballots.

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