Coloma moving to ban marijuana businesses

Don Campbell / HP staff The Coloma City Hall is pictured April 7, 2018.

COLOMA — Coloma city commissioners do not want marijuana shops in their city. 

Mayor James Polashak told commissioners Monday that he’s been working with a lawyer and Coloma Township Supervisor Ken Parrigin to opt out of allowing marijuana businesses in the city and township. 

He brought it up to make sure he was going the way the commission wanted. 

“I personally do not want it in our city,” he said. 

Commissioner Julie Smith was the only commissioner to speak, and she said opting out is a positive thing to do.  

In July, Mark Smith from the Green Door in Bangor spoke to the City Commission about possibly opening a medical marijuana operation in the city.

Then, the City Commission had never officially considered opting in or out, although Polashak had said that the city decided not to get involved with it.

Another interested party spoke to the commission in May 2017 about the possibility of opening up medical marijuana businesses in the city.

In other business, the City Commission moved its second December meeting to Dec. 17 because of Christmas Eve.

City Hall is usually closed on New Year’s Eve, but this year the city will keep it open to accommodate people who need to pay their taxes before the end of the year. 

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