03-28-2019 No need for weed says Hartford Twp.; Watervliet Library Garden Park readies for spring;


FIREFIGHTERS HONORED… Hartford Fire Department Annual Awards Banquet recently honored Captain Mike Chappell (upper left) for his 20 years of service to the department. Brandon Bodary (upper center) was recognized as the Most Improved Firefighter, while Steven Fry (upper right) was awarded Fire Fighter of the Year for 2018. Scott Weberg (bottom left) and Kevin Reed (bottom right) received plaques from Chief Robbie Harting honoring an outstanding 35 years of service to the community.



No need for weed says Hartford Twp.

By Jon Bisnett Hartford Township joins a growing number of local municipalities as they voted unanimously to opt out of the Michigan regulatory and taxation of marijuana act, effectively banning any recreational marijuana related business in the township at their regular March meeting on Thursday the 14th. The decision follows a prior stance to opt out of medical marijuana operations one year ago. Although the vote of the trustees stands in direct opposition to township voters who supported Proposal 1, which legalized recreational marijuana statewide, the stumbling processing and vetting of the state licensing board has given many communities reason enough to opt out until the regulatory board can get the process under control. That combined with Governor Gretchen Witmer’s firing of the current board, Hartford Township may revisit the issue down the road with the option available to opt back in should the state get the licensing and enforcement issues resolved. At the same time, Supervisor Ron Sefcik pointed out that the growing of hemp for industrial purposes is protected by the Farm Act and is something the township can do nothing about. The utilitarian strain of the marijuana plant used in many commercial applications still retains roughly 10% THC, Tetrahydrocannabinol, one of over 100 cannabinoids identified in cannabis. THC is the principal psychoactive ingredient of the plant. Commonly known as “ditch weed”, the plant has little chemical comparison to the potency of the medical and recreational versions that have undergone decades of selective breeding to enhance its properties. In any case propagation of hemp is literally no different than growing field corn as far as the powers of the township are concerned.

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