TROY — Troy City Council — for the second time — on Monday voted down the city’s amended ordinance 4-3 in regards to allowing up to three retail medical marijuana dispensaries.
Council members Doug Tremblay and John Terwilliger were not present at the meeting.
Council members Bobby Phillips, Lynne Snee and John Schweser voted for the legislation; Robin Oda, Tom Kendall, Brock Heath and William Twiss voted against the legislation.
Prior to the vote, Troy resident Aimee Shannon supported the medical marijuana dispensaries within the city’s business district. She thanked council for their time and for discussion about the issues surrounding the initiative.
Following the vote, Shannon said council missed an opportunity to help the residents of Troy obtain access to medical marijuana.
“It’s really sad for the city. This was an opportunity they could have been helping people within the city who are sick with these illnesses. There’s plenty of research that’s out there. We’ve got a heroin epidemic in Troy. There are studies out there that proves that access to medical marijuana that can help deal with the epidemic, but it’s all about access and they are denying access within Troy. I think it’s a shame,” Shannon said.
Council member Heath said he voted against the issue because he felt it sends a wrong message to the youth of Troy.
“The reason I said no to the medical marijuana in Troy is because it sends a confusing message to the citizens, especially to kids in Troy. If we are OK with this type of medicine coming in, I don’t think they are going to do the research with the medical versus non-medical,” Heath said.
Heath said by allowing medical marijuana, youth may get the message marijuana that use is OK in general and “it’s not that big of