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Township Voters Reject Cannabis Ban!
The majority have spoken. The proposed ban of adult-use cannabis businesses has been defeated. We will now be urging the township board to listen to the will of the people and craft sensible local laws that use best practices from across the state so that we can allow a limited number of recreational stores. Other communities are taking advantage of the jobs and tax...
Lansing City Pulse Urges Meridian Residents to “VOTE NO” on the Cannabis Ban
The Lansing City Pulse just issued a strongly worded editorial explaining why Meridian Township residents should oppose the cannabis ban. Their column pushes back on all of the false claims made by the small group of misinformed residents who are pushing the ban and details the wisdom of local regulation. Read their column here.
Banning cannabis businesses is the wrong move for Meridian Township, vote no on Aug. 2
Meridian Township resident and business owner Marc Santucci explains why a cannabis ban is a heavy handed and short-sighted move for the community. "There will be cannabis in our community regardless of how we vote on Prop. 1 — that’s just the fact of the matter. The question at hand is: What kind of cannabis would we rather have in our communities — licensed and...
Recreational marijuana on Meridian Township’s August ballot: What you need to know
The Lansing State Journal breaks down the cannabis business ban on the Aug. 3 Meridian Township ballot. "... voters will have to pay attention when they cast their vote: a yes vote means the voter wants to prohibit recreational weed shops in the township. A no vote means the voter is in favor of allowing the shops. 'If you want them, you have to vote no,' Meridian...
Marijuana shop owners holding turkey giveaway on Thanksgiving eve
Last year, a Grand Rapids provisioning center gave away hundreds of turkeys just before Thanksgiving to people in need. Does this sound like the sort of business that should be banned from Meridian Township? If a prosperous community like Grand Rapids can find a way to allow for carefully zoned and regulated cannabis businesses, there's no reason to believe that...
Marijuana is paving the way for road repairs in one Jackson County township
Tax revenue generated by cannabis businesses in Leoni Township in Jackson County are helping to get more roads paved. We could also be putting cannabis tax revenue toward important community projects in Meridian Township. But first we have to VOTE NO on Aug. 3 to stop the misguided attempt to ban adult-use cannabis businesses. There's no reason to fear this tightly...
Grand Haven Votes to Allow a Limited Number of Cannabis Businesses
If a beautiful tourist city like Grand Haven can allow adult-use cannabis businesses then there's no reason for us to fear them in Meridian Township! Grand Haven will soon join hundreds of other communities by allowing a limited number of adult-use recreational cannabis businesses to operate in carefully zoned areas. According to MiBiz, "The land use ordinance the...
New report shows Michigan now has more than 31,000 jobs in the cannabis industry
The cannabis industry supports more than 31,000 jobs in Michigan. By voting NO on Meridian Proposal 1, we can ensure our community is open to new job growth and business opportunities. Read more here.
Michigan communities to share $42.2 million in cannabis tax revenue
This year, 163 local units of government received just over $56,400 for each licensed adult-use cannabis store and micro business within their borders. They are using these funds for parks, public safety community programs, and more. If we do not reject Meridian Proposal 1, non of these funds will come to our community. Read more here.
New research shows that access to licensed and regulated cannabis businesses diminishes the black market
New academic research published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs shows that when consumers have access to regulated stores, they will choose that option over the black market. Let’s make sure we don’t allow the black market to thrive in our community by voting NO on Meridian Proposal 1. Read more here.