Saginaw Township is banning any business offering medical or recreational marijuana for sale. Supervisor Tim Braun said although voters approved a statewide ballot issue allowing personal use of marijuana, there are no guidelines from Lansing on how those businesses would operate. He said it’s also a public safety issue, as any marijuana business would be “cash only,” making it a target for robbery.

Braun said the danger of crime was highlighted with last month’s shooting of Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig during a traffic stop for driving with no headlights. He said any potential marijuana robber would likely be heavily armed and dangerous.

The two ordinances passed by Saginaw Township trustees Monday night also prohibit the consumption of marijuana in any public place. Trustees also said business owners have expressed concerns about having a marijuana business near them.