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.

Mason Schools race has local impact

By Scott Peceny
and Aaron Jordan
Mason Times staff writers

MASON—There has been no shortage of coverage on the presidential race. In Mason, however, local elections also have major implications. Five Mason School Board members’ terms are up, including Secretary Laura Fenger, Treasurer Julie Rogers and Vice President Becky Brimley. They face a challenge by Ed Altenritter. School Board President Ralph Beebe and Trustee Laura Cheney are unopposed.