Another marijuana proposal is before city voters Aug. 3. Here’s what it means.


Signs for Progress for Michigan 2020's ballot proposal last year. SIgns that were illegally placed in Port Huron parks and city rights-of-way had been removed.

When Port Huron voters arrive at the polls for the special election on Aug. 3, they’ll see a familiar subject on the ballot — marijuana.

The measure on tap next month from Progress for Michigan 2020 would amend a previous ballot proposal from the group.

It proposes reversing the process completed by the city in February to award some marijuana business licenses under the first measure, while allowing medical facilities to move forward.

In a statement Thursday, Sam Pernick, a representative for Progress for Michigan, did not address what it would mean for residents waiting to take advantage of adult-use legalization at local recreational establishments — instead reiterating that their “number-one focus is ensuring Port Huron patients have access to medical marijuana.”

“Right now, there are patients in Port Huron with conditions such as cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, and other critical medical conditions who are driving hours to get the medicine that they need just to have a decent quality of life,” he said via email.

But who the change in ordinance would benefit if successful has become a cause for concern among both those who were successful in the application process, as well as others who weren’t and are locked in litigation against the city.

Michael Woodyard, attorney for Progress for Michigan 2020, takes questions from Port Huron City Council members at a meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021, at the Municipal Office Center.

Pernick has previously said litigation was “threatening a significant delay in the implementation of the proposal adopted by voters last November” and that the amendment was intended to “expedite” part of the process and “save taxpayer dollars to avoid these frivolous lawsuits.”

City Manager James Freed has said the special election will cost the city about $20,000.

Still, not everyone agrees it would help put an end to activities in court.



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