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Marijuana proposal includes M1 zoning, wins approval

Princeton City Council will weigh in on it next

PRINCETON — The third time may be the charm when it comes to marijuana zoning recommendations in Princeton.

After its initial proposal to contain marijuana and marijuana-related industry to an area north of Interstate 80 in M2 business zoning was voted down 4 to 1 by Princeton City Council, the Princeton Plan Commission revised its recommendation.

Jackie Davis, who previously introduced the proposal to include M1 in the zoning ordinance, reintroduced the proposal on Tuesday, this time with favorable results.

During the last plan commission meeting, the vote was tied at 3 to 3, so lack of a majority defeated the proposal.

A seventh member, Carol Bird, was named to the board after the last meeting.

Board Chairman Jim Scruggs, who has made it openly clear that he is not in favor of any marijuana-related business or retail in the city, was the lone dissenting vote to add M1 to the previously recommended zoning.

“I personally don’t think a couple of those votes (council) were necessarily agreed upon, but based on their beliefs about marijuana, they couldn’t vote yes for it,” he said.

“I still think what we proposed originally with special use stands. I think we made a good proposal, and I don’t think we should jump because the council doesn’t like what this committee does,” he continued. “Can I make a motion to leave it as it is?”

“I don’t know the appropriateness of the chair making a motion,” City Clerk Pete Nelson responded.

The recommendation will now go before the city council for a vote.

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