Port Huron officials say they are doing their due diligence when it comes to whether or not to allow marijuana stores in the city. A delegation of Port Huron city council members toured two medical marijuana facilities in Ferndale Wednesday, one of which is in the process of being licensed to sell recreational pot. Currently, Port Huron has opted out of allowing the sale of recreational marijuana. That ordnance will expire at the end of June.
Of the items to be considered by the city include how many stores they would allow – if any – and where they could be located. Dennis Zoma is one of the owners of LIV, a marijuana store in Ferndale. “We’re looking for long term relationships with the cities,” said Zoma. He adds that when it comes to how many stores to allow, less is more. “Having too many (stores) inside a community dilutes it, and that’s something we’re not trying to do.”
“If we’re going to do it (allow marijuana stores), we’re going to do it right,” said Mayor Repp. “You want to make sure you have all your T’s crossed and your I’s dotted.” She says the Port Huron Planning Commission will begin drafting a new ordinance that could be placed in front of city council for their approval in the coming months. “We only have five months until it (the ordinance) sunsets, but that doesn’t mean that if we’re in the middle of it and needed another month it couldn’t be extended.”