SAND LAKE, MI — Voters in Nelson Township and Sand Lake shot down a marijuana proposal and a library millage increase Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Voters decided against allowing up to two recreational marijuana growers and two processors in the township by a vote of 465 to 259, or 64% to 36% percent, according to unofficial results from the Kent County Clerk’s Office.
They also shot down a four-year millage increase of 0.6179 mills for additional Kent District Library – Nelson Township Branch funding by a vote of 481 to 319, or 60% to 40%.
That millage would have raised additional funds for services, operations and maintenance of the library. It would have cost owners of a home valued at $200,000 and with a taxable value of $100,000 about $61.79 more in property taxes per year.
The marijuana measure would’ve allowed up to two growing and two processing operations to locate in the township, but not in Sand Lake.
It wouldn’t allow recreational marijuana dispensaries in the township. Sand Lake currently has a dispensary.
The growing and processing facilities would’ve had to be located in the township’s commercial district, which is generally along the east side of Northland Drive between Cedar Springs and Sand Lake.