WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll said Wednesday the city -- and its taxpayers -- could face some costs tied to fighting a lawsuit challenging the city's proposed medical marijuana ban.
But he said he didn't think the city would shoulder the burden alone.
Asked if taxpayers are going to end up on the hook for much of the cost, Poll told 24 Hour News 8 "I don't believe they will. As mayor, I'm not going to allow that to happen."
The cost will depend, in part, on how vigorously the city decides to fight the suit, he said. And Poll said outside groups could aid the city in its fight, including a legal defense fund run by an organization that represents Michigan cities.
Wyoming resident and retired lawyer John Ter Beek filed suit in Kent County Circuit Court this week, alleging the local ordinance violates the voter-approved state medical marijuana law and goes against the constitutional right to ballot initiatives.
"I filed it to protect our rights under state law," he said. Ter Beek, who said he is registered to use medical marijuana to treat pain, called the proposed city law vague and overly broad.
The Wyoming city council approved the blanket ban once, but would have to approve it again before it takes effect.
Poll said he hasn't seen the suit, so he can't comment on the arguments. But he said the state's marijuana law leaves many unanswered questions.
"I don't think it was thoroughly investigated ... In my opinion, [it] got to the people too soon before all the details were ironed out," Poll said.
The mayor, who is also a pharmacist, said if marijuana is going to be legalized, it ought to be sent through the normal channels for legal medication.
And as state law stands now, Poll said police can't get sufficient information about where marijuana is being grown.
"It just seems to me that it just sets up for increased crime in our neighborhoods," he said.
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