Public disagreement with medical marijuana ban

Williamston City Hall

by Justine McGuire
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON – Williamston residents don’t agree with a zoning ordinance amendment that makes medical marijuana dispensaries illegal within the city.

The amendment was passed March 12 after over a year of debate and three moratoriums that suspended the growing of marijuana in the city. It will become effective on April 2.

Although the amendment does not directly mention medical marijuana, it clearly bans its growth by declaring that any uses or purposes contrary to federal laws are prohibited.

Michael Gradis, the community development director, said that there was not a lot of public comment or participation during the debate.

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InvenTeam presents invention at evening reception

The InvenTeam with its teacher advisors.

By Eric Walters
Williamston Post staff writer

On March 27, the Williamston InvenTeam hosted an evening reception at Williamston High School. The event was a combination of updating the community on the team’s progress and plans, as well as a celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Held in the McGoff Auditorium at Williamston High School, the evening began with a meet and greet. Invitees, including Mayor Jim DeForest, Michigan State University Dean of Engineering Satish Udpa and MIT representative Justin Lai, were able to meet the team and learn about the O.R.C.A. system.

Team engineer, and Williamston High senior, Jacob Brandon said that he spoke to a few people who gave him good advice, including Dennis Nash from MIT Entrepreneurship Forum, who gave Brandon a list of people to contact if they decide to market the O.R.C.A. system.

The team described its mission, to successfully invent a viable rip-current alert system that could potentially be used in the Great Lakes, as well as its plans in the coming months. Computer engineer Spencer Ottarson said that the next steps involve waterproofing and testing. The team will first waterproof a separate buoy that it has purchased, and place it in Lake Michigan without internal electronics.
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