Metropolis Council approves allow for marijuana dispensary

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The Russellville Metropolis Council voted 4-Four to approve a particular use allow for a medical marijuana dispensary, then Mayor Richard Harris voted within the affirmative and the movement was permitted throughout a particular referred to as assembly Tuesday evening at Metropolis Corridor.

Harris — who abstained from voting throughout the council’s Might common assembly, and the request for the particular use allow by 420 Rx Inc. failed — stated Tuesday he wished to make clear one thing in the neighborhood earlier than his vote.

“In a case of a tie, the mayor can both vote within the affirmative or the mayor could make a movement to abstain,” he stated. “I stand by my unique assertion. My convictions haven’t modified. My convictions inform me that is improper for Russellville. This can be a dangerous factor for our group.

“Nevertheless, I do have a judiciary accountability for town of Russellville. The favored vote was in favor of medical marijuana. The group has wished this. I vote within the affirmative.”

Voting in favor of the request for the particular use allow had been Justin Keller, Chris Olson, Eric Westcott and Larry Brown. Voting in opposition to had been Rick Harrell, Mark Tripp, Shawn Harris and Phyllis Carruth.

Tuesday’s council agenda stated there can be a dialogue on eradicating the medical marijuana dispensary case to federal courtroom and related prices concerned with taking that method.

Alderman Eric Westcott, nonetheless, made the movement to approve the particular use allow. Metropolis Lawyer Trey Smith stated the vote might be performed Tuesday evening.

“This was talked about by the finance committee on the 19th at 5:30,” he stated. “They talked about transferring it and settling the case.”

“With the understanding we might settle this tonight,” Westcott stated.

Rick Harrell stated he thought Westcott’s movement was out of line, and questions and dialogue on the particular use allow continued.

Olson requested Smith what the percentages are of profitable the pending go well with in opposition to town.

“What I can let you know is, I’ve checked out different states,” Smith stated. “Courts have all the time in the end present in favor of marijuana dispensaries. To assault Modification 98, whenever you do this, you’ll have the opposite dispensaries in operation take part a lawsuit.”

“I a hundred percent get the ethical aspect of it,” Olson stated. “I perceive. The issue is, we’re going to waste cash. We’re going to get zero out of this.”

Keller stated the legislation nor the information had been on their aspect.

“We’re going to take time and assets that might be used for different issues,” he stated. “Let’s have a look at the information. We’re going to have a dispensary in Russellville. There’s nothing this physique goes to say about it, whether or not it’s now or after a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars}.

“We’re right here to determine if we wish to waste the citizen’s cash, taxpayer assets after we might be utilizing it on different issues. The ship has sailed, it’s out of our palms.”

 

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