Grand Rapids will never be anything more than a mid-sized, dying town in a godforsaken state. Any chance to elevate it beyond that will be thwarted by the simple-minded, ultra conservative powers that be.On the one hand, GR says that in spite of what the voters have passed, the city CANNOT go against State laws regarding marijuana.
On the other hand, the city says it CAN go against State laws regarding open carry of handguns.
Funny how these officials that WE have elected and whose wages WE pay, can indiscriminetly choose when they want to follow or ignore State laws and/or the will of the people. They need to remember that they don't RULE us, they WORK FOR us.
There is a reason why young people leave the West Michigan area at a larger rate than they come here and that is a recipe for disaster for any town that desires to grow and expand. The side-effects of a dying town is a soft housing market (because no one wants to move here), lower paying jobs and a restriction of a vibrant and diverse culture. In other words it's boring. And no, this isn't just about the whole pot deal it's the mindset of those who are unwilling to advance and grow.
Welcome to mediocrity West Michigan! Enjoy it.