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Grand Rapids approves recreational marijuana ordinance

The approval came just weeks before a state deadline.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids is now one step closer to allowing the sale of recreational marijuana.

Tuesday night city leaders approved an ordinance that will eventually lead to businesses applying for an application.

"This ordinance basically gave us about 6 months to start developing an ordinance—a land use ordinance for recreational marijuana uses," says Landon Bartley a city official.

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But even with the new ordinance city leaders say there are a lot of details they need to work out until businesses can open.

"With this action tonight they can know that it's coming, in what form exactly we don't know," says Bartley.

The next big milestone for marijuana businesses will come on Nov. 1. That's when the state will begin accepting license applications.


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