NILES, Mich. In Niles, medical marijuana vendors have until December 1 to apply for a license to do business in the city.
The council met Monday evening and officially set the deadline after a five to three vote.
Those who voted against it say the two-week deadline favors vendors who have been lobbying for the licenses and already have their proposals ready.
“My concern is that it limits it to people who…are the big players in the business, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing,” said Councilman Dan VandenHeede. “Those people have expertise in it and so that’s a good thing, but it does kind of limit the competition a little bit.”
The council did clarify that others could apply for a license in the future.
At Monday night’s meeting, the council also voted to enact the Medical Marijuana Opt-In ordinance so that facilities could open within the city.