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Pinckney among first cities to vote on opting out of recreational marijuana sales

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The DEA announced that marijuana will continue to classified as a Class I drug stating the drug has "has no accepted medical use in the United States."

Pinckney is one of the first communities in Michigan to vote on an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana businesses.

The Pinckney village council voted Monday evening on an ordinance to prohibit marijuana establishments within the village limits. The ordinance passed unanimously.

Pinckney has a population of about 2500 and it is about 1.5 square miles.

Linda Lavey is President of Pinckney's village council.

"We have a very small police department. The math wasn't there that it was going to be a positive for our business community," says Lavey.

Pinckney had already opted out of allowing medical marijuana businesses. 

Michigan voters approved a ballot proposal legalizing recreational marijuana for people over 21 last week. However, the new law will allow municipalities to opt out of allowing marijuana sales in their communities. 

*updated Nov. 12 at 10:51 PM

Catherine Shaffer joined Michigan Radio in 2014. She works in the newsroom and specializes in stories related to the life sciences, health, and technology. Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Master’s from University of Michigan. Prior to Michigan Radio, Catherine has worked as a freelance writer, mainly in focusing on biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, since 2001. She is also an award-winning fiction writer. When not at work, Catherine enjoys being in the outdoors and practicing yoga.
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