Southwest Michigan Today For Friday February 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018

Battle Creek will begin accepting permits for medical marijuana businesses this month. Legislation inspired by the Larry Nasser sexual abuse scandal would mandate reporting. WMU softball opens the season with a win in Tempe, Arizona. 

Battle Creek says medical marijuana businesses will be allowed in the city. City commissioners approved a medical marijuana ordinance on Tuesday. But the city says there are some restrictions. Businesses serving medical marijuana patients must be at least a thousand feet from similar businesses as well as schools and public libraries. The city will begin accepting applications for permits by marijuana providers on February 20th.

Legislation has been introduced in the state House designed to ensure the reporting of criminal activity by coaches and athletic medical staff. The bills were inspired by the sexual abuse scandal involving former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nasser. Three Republican representatives, including Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township introduced the three-bill package. In a news release, Iden says “it is completely unacceptable” that coaches and trainers are currently not required to report allegations of abuse. He says identifying athletic coaches and trainers as mandated reporters is a step in the right direction.

Western Michigan won the first game of the softball season Thursday 2-1 over 19th-ranked Brigham Young. The Broncos continue play at an event in Tempe, Arizona through the weekend.