Mason City Council regulates medical marijuana dispensaries

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer

Mason City Council members adopted an ordinance and a moratorium on regulating local medical marijuana dispensaries on Monday, March 17. Ordinance 196 requires that marijuana dispensaries be licensed and regulated by the city. The moratorium pushes back any licensing 180 days. Councilmembers were prompted to vote on the preventative measures after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the city of Wyoming couldn’t ban the use or growth of medical marijuana within its boundaries. “I feel that the moratorium gives us protection while we wait for the fluidity of legislation or the federal government to rule one way or another,” said Mayor Pro Tem Robin Naeyaert.

Farmers market brings produce and ‘street party’ to Mason

By Abbie Newton
Mason Times staff writer

MASON — Local farmers, residents and visitors flock to Maple Street every Saturday to attend the Mason Area Farmers Market. “To be frank, it is a street party. This is where everyone meets everybody and we get good stuff. We have an outlet for everybody who wants to get good, fresh vegetables and fruits and we all have fun.” -Elaine Ferris

Ferris was born and raised in Mason and helped start the farmers market in 2004. She said it has since gained popularity and loyal customers.